SAN JOSE, Calif. – Freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist earned his fourth win in five weeks, allowing two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, as No. 22 Cal Poly defeated San Jose State 5-2 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.
Bloomquist (4-1) retired the first 10 Spartan batters of the game before giving up a run on two singles in the fourth inning. The Bakersfield Christian High School graduate, pictured at right, struck out two and his remaining 18 outs consisted of 12 grounders and six fly balls. He did not walk a batter.
With the win, Cal Poly extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 32-14 for the year. San Jose State has lost six straight, falling to 14-34. Cal Poly also beat the Spartans 6-5 in 10 innings on March 12 in Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly never trailed Tuesday, scoring single runs in the second and third innings for a 2-0 lead. Junior third baseman Jimmy Allen doubled to knock in the run in the second while freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell singled for an RBI in the third.
After San Jose State trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on two singles in the fourth, Cal Poly got the run back in the fifth as freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen doubled and eventually scored on a groundout to first base by sophomore center fielder Jordan Ellis.
Another Spartan run in the seventh made it a one-run game again, 3-2, but Cal Poly pulled away with two runs in the eighth. Sophomore right fielder Nick Torres doubled and came home on an RBI single by sophomore first baseman Tommy Pluschkell. Another double by Allen and a sacrifice fly by Van Gansen provided the Mustangs with another insurance run.
Sophomore southpaw Taylor Chris secured four outs and sophomore right-hander Reed Reilly earned his 13th save with a scoreless ninth. Both Chris and Reilly notched one strikeout.
San Jose State used nine pitchers -- one per inning -- in the midweek game. John Oberholtzer (0-1) gave up the run in the second inning and suffered the loss.
Cal Poly's nine hits included two each by Torres and Allen. Both of Allen's hits were doubles, as was one of Torres' hits. Two hitting streaks came to an end – 13 games by Ellis and 10 games by junior left fielder David Armendariz.
Second baseman Jacob Valdez had a single and double for San Jose State.
Cal Poly resumes Big West Conference play with a three-game series at UC Irvine this weekend. Both teams are tied for third place with 11-7 records.