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April 23, 2013

Six-Run Third-Inning Rally Lifts No. 18 Cal Poly to 7-1 Victory Over Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. – Senior catcher Elliot Stewart and junior left fielder David Armendariz belted home runs as part of a six-run third-inning uprising, leading No. 18 Cal Poly to a 7-1 victory over California in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday at Evans Diamond.

Stewart (pictured at right) hit a three-run shot, his fourth of the season, and Armendariz followed with his third home run of the season, a solo blast, as the Mustangs snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 27-11 on the year.

Cal fell to 18-22.

Freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist (3-0) earned his third win in as many weeks, scattering seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked three and gave up one run.

Bloomquist also pitched into the seventh inning in his other two victories –- a 5-2 decision at CSU Bakersfield two weeks ago and a 7-2 win over Santa Clara in Baggett Stadium last week.

Sophomore southpaw Taylor Chris worked 2 1/3 innings and did not allow a run or a hit, striking out two.

Cal Poly scored an unearned run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Jimmy Allen, then broke the game open with its six-run third-inning rally, sending 10 batters to the plate.

Sophomore right fielder Nick Torres and freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell produced RBI singles before Stewart hit the building beyond the left-field fence for his three-run home run. Armendariz capped the uprising with his solo shot down the left-field line.

Cal scored its lone run in the seventh on four hits and a walk. Shortstop Mike Reuvekamp knocked in the run with a double down the left-field line.

Cal Poly's 11-hit offensive attack was led by Stewart, Armendariz and sophomore first baseman Tommy Pluschkell, each with a pair of hits.

Cal's seven hits included a single and double by Reuvekamp.

The Golden Bears, who stranded runners at first and third in both the second and third innings and left the bases loaded in the seventh, used eight pitchers in the game. Starter Justin Jones (1-5), who gave up the unearned run in his only inning of work, took the loss.

Mustang head coach Larry Lee is now 5-4 all-time against Cal.

Cal Poly, which has never lost more than two games in a row this season, resumes Big West Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Long Beach State.