Cal Poly Wins 1-0, Off to First 6-0 Start in 19-Year Division I History
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior third baseman Jimmy Allen singled up the middle with two outs in the seventh inning to drive in the only run of the game as Cal Poly edged Seattle 1-0 in the second game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Saturday night before 1,032 in Baggett Stadium.
Sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof (six innings) and junior right-hander Michael Holback (three innings) combined on a four-hit shutout as the Mustangs improved to 6-0, their first six-game winning streak to open a season in Cal Poly's 19-year Division I history.
Seattle fell to 1-5.
Cal Poly clinched the series -- the Mustangs won Friday's contest 2-1 -- with the finale set for Sunday at noon.
Freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen opened the seventh with a single down the right-field line and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by junior left fielder Tim Wise.
Ben Ruff relieved Garrett Anderson on the mound for Seattle and secured the second out of the inning on a strikeout before Allen (pictured at right) stroked a 2-2 pitch up the middle for a single. The throw from center field was well off line and Van Gansen scored easily.
Seattle, which loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning but was turned away, was retired in order in the eighth. Designated hitter Sean Narby opened the ninth with a double off the left-field wall and took third on a grounder to second base. Holback struck out both Nick Latta and Steve Kirbach to earn the victory.
It was Holback who wriggled out of the seventh-inning jam as well. Relieving Mustang starter Imhof with the bases loaded and nobody out, Holback secured two fly balls and a strikeout to preserve the scoreless deadlock.
Imhof pitched six scoreless innings, walking two and striking out nine, while Holback (1-0) tossed three scoreless frames with no walks and five strikeouts.
Seattle hitters have struck out 24 times in the first two games of the series.
The loss went to Anderson (1-2), who relieved started Ted Hammond in the seventh. Hammond pitched six scoreless innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
Cal Poly mustered seven hits, including two singles each by senior second baseman Denver Chavez and freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell. Chavez has hit in each of Cal Poly's six games so far this season, including a four-hit game last Saturday at San Francisco.
Seattle's four hits included a single and double by Narby.
Seattle scored 32 runs on 38 hits in last weekend's three-game series at Santa Clara, losing two of three, and the Redhawks have been held to one run and nine hits in two games by the Mustangs this weekend.
Aside from the seventh inning, Cal Poly's only other serious scoring threat came in the second inning when a walk, a single and a Seattle fielding error loaded the bases with two outs, but Wise flied out to center field to end the rally.
Last Mustang team to start a season 7-0 was the 1981 squad under head coach Berdy Harr.
Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will face Seattle sophomore southpaw Kyle Doyle (0-0, 10.12 ERA) on Sunday.