SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Cal Poly erased a 3-1 deficit with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings and Reed Reilly pitched two scoreless innings in relief for his second save as Cal Poly completed a four-game Bay Area sweep with a 5-4 victory over Santa Clara on Monday afternoon in Stephen Schott Stadium.
With the win, the Mustangs are off to their first 4-0 start since the 2001 season. Santa Clara fell to 2-2.
Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee summoned Tim Wise from the bench as a pinch-hitter and the junior responded with a two-run single off the wall in left-center field to tie the game at 3-3.
Wise missed the first three games of the 2013 season with a sprained ankle suffered during batting practice Friday at San Francisco, where the Mustangs swept the series by 5-3, 1-0 and 10-5 scores. Wise has reached base safely in 33 straight games, including the final 32 contests of the 2012 season.
In the seventh, Cal Poly loaded the bases with nobody out. An infield single by David Armendariz pushed across the tie-breaking run and Jordan Brower's sacrifice fly to left gave the Mustangs a 5-3 lead.
Santa Clara scratched for a run in the bottom of the seventh to close the deficit to one.
With Reilly (pictured at right) on the mound for the final two innings, the Broncos got a two-out single from C.J. Jacobe in the eighth but left him stranded.
In the ninth, Justin Viele drew a leadoff walk and Greg Harisis singled to right field, Viele advancing to third with nobody out.
Reilly induced the next two hitters to take called third strikes and Casey Munoz struck out swinging to end the game.
The win went to Danny Zandona (1-0), the second of four Mustang pitchers, although he gave up a run and four hits in 1 1/3 innings. Reece Karalus (0-1), the fourth of seven Santa Clara pitchers, suffered the loss.
Lone Mustang with more than one hit was second baseman Denver Chavez with two singles. He drove in one run with a sacrifice fly. All nine Mustang hits were singles.
Santa Clara's 11 hits included a double and two singles by Harisis. Munoz added a single and double.
The Mustangs have won 11 straight games, including the final seven of the 2012 season.
Cal Poly opens the home portion of its 2013 schedule Friday night at 6 o'clock against Seattle in Baggett Stadium. The two teams also play Saturday at 6 and Sunday at noon.