SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior center fielder David Armendariz broke out of his two-week slump with a pair of run-scoring doubles while sophomore right fielder Nick Torres continued his hot hitting with two hits and an RBI as No. 21 Cal Poly defeated Holy Cross 6-1 in the opener of a two-game midweek baseball series Tuesday night in Baggett Stadium.
Kyle Brueggemann, Taylor Chris and Chase Johnson combined to limit the visiting Crusaders (1-7) to one run and six hits as the Mustangs improved to 10-1, equaling the 1997 team's 10-1 start.
Armendariz (pictured at right), who opened the 2013 campaign by going 7-for-18 on a four-game Bay Area road trip, was just 1-for-17 in Cal Poly's last six games before driving in runs in the fourth and sixth innings with doubles.
Torres added an RBI double in the first inning and led off Cal Poly's three-run sixth-inning rally with a single to center field. The reigning Big West Conference player of the week is 9-for-21 with eight RBI in his last five games with four doubles and three home runs.
Armendariz and Torres paced Cal Poly's eight-hit offensive attack with two hits apiece. Senior second baseman Denver Chavez and senior designated hitter Elliot Stewart added RBI doubles for the Mustangs.
Left fielder Patrick Puentes singled twice for Holy Cross, who was meeting Cal Poly for the first time in baseball.
Brueggemann (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for his first win of the season. He walked two and struck out four.
Chris pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, giving up no walks and one hit with two strikeouts, while Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout.
The loss went to Holy Cross starter John Colella (0-2) as he allowed two first-inning runs and two hits in two innings. Four relief pitchers followed Colella to the mound for the Crusaders.
Chavez drew a walk to open Cal Poly's first inning and both Stewart and Torres produced RBI doubles to give the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead. Armendariz doubled to left-center field in the fourth for a 3-0 Cal Poly advantage.
Holy Cross scored its lone run of the game in the fifth on singles by catcher Stephen Wadsworth, second baseman Andrew Barry and right fielder Evan Ocello.
Cal Poly broke the game open with three runs in its half of the sixth inning. Following a leadoff single by Torres, Tim Wise laid down a sacrifice bunt and Armendariz doubled to left-center field to score Torres. Junior catcher Chris Hoo singled to send Armendariz home and Chavez doubled down the right-field line to tally Hoo.
Final game of the series will be played Wednesday night at 6 in Baggett Stadium with Cal Poly to send true freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound against Holy Cross senior southpaw Chris Kono (0-0, 99.00 ERA). Bloomquist will be making his first appearance on the bump in a Cal Poly uniform.
Playing 10 of its first 15 games on the road this season, Cal Poly visits Kansas State for three games this weekend in Manhattan, Kansas.