SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Cal Poly parlayed two hits and a walk into a run in the ninth inning and held on for a 1-0 victory over San Francisco in the second game of a three-game season-opening non-conference baseball series Saturday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond.
The Mustangs clinched the series – Cal Poly won Friday's opener 5-3 – and improved to 2-0 on the year despite scoring all of their runs in just two innings – five in the fifth Friday and one in the ninth Saturday.
San Francisco is 0-2.
In the Mustang ninth, sophomore first baseman Jordan Brower drew a one-out walk. Junior center fielder David Armendariz blooped a single down the right-field line to advance Brower to third base.
Freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell grounded to second base but the Dons could not turn the inning-ending double play, getting just the force at second base. Armendariz broke up the double-play try, no throw was made to first base and Brower scored on the play.
Junior right-hander Michael Holback was summoned from the bullpen to pitch the bottom of the ninth in relief of starter Matt Imhof (pictured at right), who tossed eight strong innings, allowing no runs and five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Holback retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth for the save despite falling behind the first hitter 3-0 and the second batter 2-0.
The loss went to Abe Bobb, who relieved USF starter Alex Balog in the eighth inning and surrendered the run in the ninth. Balog hurled seven scoreless innings, allowing no runs and three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The 12 hits in the game – seven by Cal Poly and five by San Francisco – all were singles by 12 different hitters.
Cal Poly had runners at first and third in the first inning, left a runner at second in the second and third frames and had a runner thrown out at the plate on an attempted squeeze play in the eighth.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. with sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger on the mound for Cal Poly against San Francisco sophomore southpaw Sheldon Lee.