BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist earned his first collegiate victory while right fielder Nick Torres and shortstop Peter Van Gansen each collected three hits and ca pair of RBI as No. 20 Cal Poly defeated CSU Bakersfield 5-2 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Hardt Field.
Bloomquist (1-0), a Bakersfield Christian High School graduate, allowed just two doubles and two runs in six-plus innings, walking three and striking out five. He threw 86 pitches. Junior Michael Holback secured five outs, three via strikeout, and sophomore Reed Reilly earned his eighth save, getting the final four outs, three on strikeouts as well.
With the win, Cal Poly improved to 22-8 for the season. CSU Bakersfield fell to 21-12. The Mustangs hold a 10-5 advantage in the five-year series between the two schools. The Roadrunners will play at Cal Poly on May 14.
The Roadunners scored the game's first run in the opening inning on two walks and a pair of groundouts.
Cal Poly answered with single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth frames for a 4-1 advantage.
First baseman Mark Mathias tripled and came home on a safety squeeze bunt by catcher Elliot Stewart, tying the game at 1-1 in the second inning.
Designated hitter Brian Mundell reached base on an error and eventually scored on an RBI single by shortstop Peter Van Gansen, giving the Mustangs a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
In the fifth, second baseman Denver Chavez led off with a single and came home two batters later on a double by right fielder Nick Torres.
And Cal Poly made it 4-1 in the sixth as center fielder Matt Russell drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mathias and scampered home on another RBI single by Van Gansen.
Dylan Christensen doubled leading off the Roadrunner seventh and scored from second base on a wild pitch, trimming Cal Poly's lead to 4-2.
Van Gansen (pictured above) nearly collected his third run-scoring single in the eighth, but Mundell was thrown out at the plate on a strong one-hop throw by Roadrunner left fielder Kevin Younger.
Cal Poly tallied an insurance run in the ninth as Stewart drew a leadoff walk and pinch-runner Tyler Evanoff came home three batters later on a run-scoring single by Torres.
Losing pitcher James Barragan (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Both Torres and Van Gansen led Cal Poly offensively with three hits. CSU Bakersfield's three hits were the double by Christensen, a third-inning double by Oscar Sanay and a ninth-inning single by Mylz Jones.
Cal Poly, which has played its last four games on the road, will open a seven-game homestand Friday night with the first game of a three-game Big West Conference series against Hawai'i. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Saturday's game also will start at 6 p.m., with Sunday's series finale to begin at 1 o'clock.