SEATTLE, Wash. – Sophomore right fielder Nick Torres hit two home runs and drove in five runs while three Cal Poly pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts and no walks as the Mustangs defeated Washington 5-3 Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
With the win, Cal Poly evened its three-game baseball series against the Huskies at a game apiece. The Mustangs, who had a season-opening seven-game winning streak snapped Friday night, improved to 8-1 on the year while Washington fell to 3-7.
Washington scored twice in the third inning before Torres (pictured at right) turned things around with a three-run home run to left field in the fourth. He added a two-run shot, also to left field, in the sixth for a 5-2 Cal Poly lead.
Washington tallied a run in the bottom of the sixth before junior right-hander Michael Holback relieved starter Matt Imhof and shut the door on the Huskies. Holback pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing no walks with four strikeouts, before giving way to Reed Reilly in the ninth.
The Huskies produced two singles in the ninth and had runners at first and third with one out when Reilly was summoned from the bullpen. The sophomore right-hander struck out both Andrew Ely and Alex Schmidt to end the game and pick up his fourth save.
Imhof (2-0) allowed three runs – his first earned runs surrendered this season – and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts.
The loss went to Washington junior right-hander Nick Palewicz (1-2), who gave up five runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
Torres has three home runs and a double in the series after collecting just five hits in the first seven games of the season. He now has three home runs this season and eight in his Mustang career.
Junior third baseman Jimmy Allen and sophomore center fielder Alex Michaels each added a single and double, but the Mustangs were outhit by Washington 11-7.
The Huskies were led offensively by left fielder Joe Meggs, right fielder Jayce Ray, second baseman Robert Pehl and designated hitter Michael Camporeale, each with two hits.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with Cal Poly to send sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger (2-0, 1.93 ERA) to the mound against Washington sophomore right-hander Tyler Davis (0-0, 5.23 ERA).