Cal Poly Clinches Washington Series With 5-1 Win, Improves to 9-1
SEATTLE, Wash. – A three-run double by Jimmy Allen in the fourth inning capped a four-run rally that lifted No. 27 Cal Poly to a 5-1 victory over Washington in the deciding game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
Senior second baseman Denver Chavez broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single and Allen (pictured at right) cleared the bases with his three-run shot to the gap in left-center field, giving Cal Poly a 5-1 advantage.
That was more than enough for Mustang starter Bryan Granger and two relievers as Cal Poly improved to 9-1 on the year, winning the series against the Huskies two games to one. Washington fell to 3-8.
"It was another productive weekend on the road against a quality Pac-12 opponent," said 11th-year Mustang head coach Larry Lee. "We're gradually getting more players involved in the equation."
Granger (3-0) pitched five innings for the win, allowing one unearned run and three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Danny Zandona tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Granger, scattering three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Reed Reilly earned his fifth save by securing the final out, getting Joe Meggs to ground out to second base with two runners on base in the ninth inning.
The loss went to Tyler Davis (0-1), who was chased after giving up five runs, all earned, and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. Zach Wright relieved Davis with the bases loaded and gave up the three-run double to Allen before settling down the rest of the way.
Cal Poly outhit Washington 8-6, led by a single and double by Chavez, two singles by freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen and the three-run double by Allen.
Washington's six hits included a single and double by Meggs.
"We had better approaches at the plate this weekend, but we are still underachieving offensively," said Lee, noting his team picked up just 21 hits in three games. "Numbers wise, pitching was okay, but if you dig a little deeper, we were not quite as sharp as we were in the first two weeks of the season.
"(Michael) Holback and Reilly still were very solid at the end of the games and Zandona had a quality outing for us today," Lee said.
Mustang sophomore right fielder Nick Torres, who hit three home runs and a double in the first two games of the series, driving in all six Mustang runs, added a run-scoring double in the first inning Sunday.
For the series, Torres was 5-for-12 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI.
"Torres had a great weekend," said Lee. "He really carried us offensively."
In Cal Poly's series against Washington a year ago in Baggett Stadium, Torres was 6-for-12 with a double, triple, home run and seven RBI.
Cal Poly, which is playing 10 of its first 15 games on the road this season, will host Holy Cross for games Tuesday and Wednesday night at 6 in Baggett Stadium before visiting Kansas State for three games next weekend in Manhattan, Kansas.
"We have a heavy week ahead of us with five games, including two midweek games as well as a three-game series against a quality Big 12 opponent," Lee said.