SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – A three-run triple by senior second baseman Denver Chavez highlighted a six-run third-inning rally as No. 21 Cal Poly overcame an early 5-2 deficit and beat Holy Cross 11-6 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday night in Baggett Stadium.
Chavez finished with three hits and lifted his batting average to .444 as the Mustangs improved to 11-1 on the year, their best 12-game start in Cal Poly's 19-year Division I history. Holy Cross, which dropped a 6-1 decision to the Mustangs on Tuesday in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in baseball, fell to 1-8.
Cal Poly produced 14 hits, one shy of its season high, led by Chavez and junior third baseman Jimmy Allen with three hits apiece. Allen knocked in two runs with a single up the middle in the sixth inning, extending the Mustangs' lead to 11-5.
Sophomore right fielder Nick Torres extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI double in the first inning. He also had a single and is 11-for-26 in his last six games. Freshman shortstop Mark Mathias produced his first collegiate hit with a first-inning double and also added a run-scoring single.
Holy Cross collected 11 hits, including three by second baseman Andrew Barry.
Sophomore right-hander Danny Zandona (2-0), the second of five Cal Poly pitchers in the game, earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings in relief of starter Casey Bloomquist. Zandona walked one, struck out three and allowed two hits.
Michael Dingilian, Michael Holback and Reed Reilly combined to allow no earned runs over the final four innings of the game. Dingilian struck out four in 1 2/3 innings.
The loss went to Mike Ahmed (1-1), the third of seven Holy Cross pitchers. The seven hurlers combined to hit six Mustang batters. Cal Poly stranded 15 runners on the basepaths.
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. Due to impending weather in the Midwest, the Mustangs and Wildcats (8-3) will play a noon PST doubleheader Friday and a noon PST single game Saturday.