SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell shattered a 3-3 tie with a three-run home run and senior right-hander Joey Wagman tossed a seven-hitter for his second career complete game as No. 20 Cal Poly defeated No. 17 Notre Dame 6-3 in the opener of a three-game non-conference baseball series Thursday night before 1,351 in Baggett Stadium.
The win improved Cal Poly's record to 15-2, the Mustangs' best 17-game start since 1997 when that squad opened the year 19-2. Notre Dame, in the midst of a seven-game California trip, fell to 10-5.
Cal Poly trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the third when it scored twice on an error in the Notre Dame outfield and junior third baseman Jimmy Allen's RBI single through the left side of the Irish infield.
With two on and one out, Mundell clubbed a 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run home run, his fifth round-tripper in the last five games, giving Cal Poly the lead at 6-3.
Neither team scored the rest of the way in the first meeting between the two schools in baseball.
Wagman (4-1) (right) struck out a career-high 12 Irish batters for the win, allowing three earned runs with one walk. He threw 118 pitches and lowered his ERA for the season to 3.27. Wagman retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced, including nine by strikeout.
Wagman's previous complete game was against UC Santa Barbara in 2012 while his previous career high for strikeouts was 11 against UC Riverside, also in 2012.
The loss went to Notre Dame starter Sean Fitzgerald (1-1), who gave up six runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Matt Ternowchek, Cristian Torres and Donnie Hissa combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings, but the damage had already been done.
Cal Poly outhit Notre Dame 12-7, led by Allen, Mundell (below), second baseman Denver Chavez, right fielder Nick Torres and shortstop Peter Van Gansen, all with two hits. Torres extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two singles.
Chavez tripled leading off the first inning and scored on a double by Allen, extending his hitting streak to six games. Allen has five multiple-hit games in his last six contests.
Notre Dame was led offensively by second baseman Frank DeSico, third baseman Eric Jagielo and first baseman Trey Mancini, each with a pair of hits.
After Cal Poly had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Notre Dame answered with a run in the second on designated hitter Phil Mosey's single to right field. Torres kept the score tied at 1-1 by throwing out a Irish runner at the plate following Mosey's single.
Notre Dame added two more in the third on an RBI single to right by Jagielo and a run-scoring double by Mancini for a 3-1 lead.
Second game of the series will be played Friday night at 6 in Baggett Stadium, with Cal Poly to send sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof (2-0, 1.40 ERA) to the mound against Notre Dame senior right-hander Adam Norton (4-0, 1.61 ERA).
Final game of the series Saturday starts at noon.