RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Cal Poly now must play the waiting game.
The Mustang baseball team produced its third straight 16-hit offensive attack and rode the brilliant pitching of freshman right-hander Bryan Granger to a 6-0 shutout over UC Riverside in the final game of the 2012 regular season Sunday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex.
Cal Poly has won a season-high seven straight games, closed the regular season by winning 14 of its last 17 contests and improved to 36-20 on the year. UC Riverside finishes the campaign 22-32 and 9-15.
Cal State Fullerton defeated Long Beach State 5-1 Sunday at Blair Field to clinch the Big West title outright. Cal Poly finished alone in second place at 16-8 and one game behind the 17-7 Titans. The 49ers are third with a 15-9 mark.
Cal Poly earned its sixth shutout of the year as Granger (1-1) (pictured at right) picked up his first collegiate victory, scattering five hits over six innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
Another freshman, southpaw Matt Imhof, tossed three scoreless frames for his first save. He allowed one hit and one walk with no strikeouts.
The loss went to Dylan Stuart (7-7), the UC Riverside southpaw who gave up five runs and 12 hits in six innings. Stuart went the distance in a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton last weekend.
Cal Poly, which banged out 16 hits in each game of the series – its sixth series sweep of the season – raised its team batting average to .297 by going .400 against the Highlanders.
Sophomore left fielder David Armendariz garnered his second four-hit game of the season with three singles and a home run, driving in four of Cal Poly's six runs. He extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 14-for-23 with eight runs scored and 15 RBI during the streak.
Sophomore designated hitter Tim Wise extended his streak of reaching base safely to 32 games with a single, which also stretched his hitting streak to seven games.
UC Riverside's six hits included two singles each by designated hitter Kyle Boudreau and third baseman Alex Rubanowitz.
Cal Poly scored in the second inning on a solo home run by Armendariz, his fourth of the year.
The Mustangs added two more in the third on a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen and an RBI single by Armendariz.
Cal Poly made it 4-0 in the fifth on another RBI single by Armendariz, increased the lead to 5-0 in the sixth on a run-scoring single by senior shortstop Mike Miller and added its final run in the seventh on yet another RBI single by Armendariz.
Allen had a double to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
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