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March 12, 2013

No. 20 Cal Poly Rallies to Beat San Jose State, 6-5, in 10 Innings

VIDEO: BRIAN MUNDELL'S GAME-WINNING HOME RUN (KSBY-TV)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell homered to left field in the 10th inning, lifting No. 20 Cal Poly, which at one time trailed 5-1, to a 6-5 victory over San Jose State in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night in Baggett Stadium.

Mundell's fourth home run of the season, all in the last four games, lifted coach Larry Lee's Mustangs to 14-2 on the year. San Jose State fell to 4-12.

The visiting Spartans scored all of their runs in the fifth inning with two outs. Cal Poly rebounded with a run in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth on sophomore left fielder Jordan Ellis' RBI single to right field, his third RBI of the game, knotting the score at 5-5.

San Jose State left a runner at third base in the top of the ninth and Cal Poly was retired in order in the bottom of the frame as the Mustangs moved into their first extra-inning game of the season.

In his second inning of work, Cal Poly sophomore Reed Reilly worked out of a jam in the 10th as San Jose State again left a runner at third base. That set the stage for Mundell's heroics on a 3-2 pitch from Kalei Contrades with one out in the bottom of the 10th.

Mundell (pictured at right), who was 0-for-3 with a walk when he came to the plate in the 10th, homered twice in Friday's first game of a doubleheader at Kansas State and added another round-tripper in the nightcap.

Reilly (1-0) the last of four Cal Poly pitchers in the game, picked up the win, tossing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Contrades (0-2), the last of five San Jose State hurlers, suffered the loss.

San Jose State outhit Cal Poly 14-11, led by designated hitter Matt Lopez, catcher Sheldon Daquioag and first baseman Matt Carroll with three hits each. Carroll doubled twice.

Ellis, sophomore right fielder Nick Torres, junior center fielder David Armendariz and freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen all had two hits for Cal Poly.

Ellis, earning his second start of the season, tripled to knock in a run in the fourth and grounded out to first base in the sixth for his second RBI before tying the game in the eighth with his run-scoring single to right field. Junior third baseman Jimmy Allen added a two-run single in the seventh to close the gap to 5-4.

The San Jose State bullpen had not allowed a run in its last 13.1 innings of work over four games before the Mustangs scored five times in the final five innings Tuesday.

Cal Poly will host No. 17 Notre Dame in a matchup of top-20 teams this weekend in Baggett Stadium. Games on Thursday and Friday nights start at 6 o'clock with Saturday's series finale set for a noon first pitch. The Irish (10-4) fell 7-2 to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.