Imhof Pitches Seven-Hitter as No. 21 Cal Poly Clinches UC Davis Series
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof pitched a seven-hitter for his first career collegiate complete game and No. 21 Cal Poly put together a 14-hit offensive attack for a 7-1 victory over UC Davis in a Big West Conference baseball game Friday night before 1,120 in Baggett Stadium.
The win clinches the three-game series for the Mustangs -- Cal Poly won 5-4 Thursday night -- and improved Cal Poly's record for the season to 19-6 and in Big West games to 2-0. UC Davis fell to 10-14 and 0-2.
Imhof (3-0), who has four no-decisions with Cal Poly winning three of those quartet of games, allowed one earned run and three walks with five strikeouts, throwing 114 pitches.
UC Davis scored its lone run in the sixth inning on a double by Seth Batty, a groundout and a sacrifice fly by Steven Patterson.
Imhof benefitted from a pair of Mustang double plays as well as a strong throw by right fielder Nick Torres to cut down an Aggie runner at the plate ending the fifth inning. Torres has three outfield assists on the year.
Senior second baseman Denver Chavez, sophomore left fielder Jordan Ellis and freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell all collected three hits -- Ellis and Mundell each driving in a pair of runs -- for the Mustangs.
An RBI double by Ellis and a run-scoring groundout by Jimmy Allen gave Cal Poly a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Ellis' sacrifice fly in the fifth to deep center field allowed Peter Van Gansen to score from second base for a 3-0 advantage.
After UC Davis scored its lone run in the top of the sixth, Cal Poly pulled away with two runs in both the sixth and seventh frames.
David Armendariz singled to left-center for the first run in the sixth and scored on a run-scoring double down the left-field line by Tommy Pluschkell. Mundell tripled to knock in both runs in the seventh.
Ellis has five hits in the first two games of the series, lifting his batting average 96 points to .429.
Though Cal Poly collected 14 hits, Torres saw his 18-game hitting streak, fourth-longest in the Mustangs' 19-year Division I history, come to an end as he went 0-for-4.
Losing pitcher Spencer Koopmans (0-3) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings with no walks and one strikeout. The Aggies were led offensively by Batty with two doubles and a single.
Final game of the series will be played Saturday at 1 o'clock in Baggett Stadium with sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger (4-2, 4.02 ERA) starting on the mound for Cal Poly against UC Davis junior right-hander Evan Wolf (1-0, 2.59 ERA).