SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pitchers Joey Wagman and Reed Reilly combined for 14 strikeouts and junior catcher Chris Hoo smashed a three-run double to deep center field as Cal Poly opened its 2013 baseball season with a 5-3 victory over the University of San Francisco on Friday at Benedetti Diamond.
Wagman, who pitched six innings, and Reilly, who tossed the final three frames, each struck out seven batters. Wagman (1-0), a senior right-hander, allowed two runs and four hits with one walk before giving way to Reilly, a sophomore righty who gave up one run and three hits with no walks for the save.
Cal Poly broke up a scoreless game with five runs in the fifth inning. A triple by sophomore right fielder Nick Torres pushed across the first run. Sophomore first baseman Jordan Brower followed with an RBI single and, with the bases loaded, Hoo (pictured at right) smashed a three-run double over center fielder Justin Maffei's head for a 5-0 lead.
San Francisco rallied for two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the eighth. Zachary Turner singled to lead off the ninth, but Reilly notched three strikeouts to end the threat and the game.
Hoo, junior center fielder David Armendariz and junior third baseman Jimmy Allen all collected three of Cal Poly's 15 hits. Hoo had two doubles and a single while Armendariz, who ended the 2012 season on a 13-for-18 tear, and Allen each had three singles.
Cal Poly outhit San Francisco 15-7 but stranded 10 runners on the basepaths, leaving the bases loaded in the third inning.
The Dons' seven hits included two each by Turner and Jason Mahood.
The loss went to senior Adam Cimber, the transfer from Washington who allowed five runs and 11 hits in five innings with no walks and five strikeouts.
Mustang head coach Larry Lee is now 6-5 in series openers.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. with sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof on the mound for Cal Poly against USF junior right-hander Alex Balog.