SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior catcher Elliot Stewart snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run home run and freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist pitched six strong innings for his fifth win as No. 27 Cal Poly defeated CSU Bakersfield 10-4 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night in Baggett Stadium.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs improved to 34-16 for the season, 18 games above the .500 mark for the second time this year, while CSU Bakersfield, which leads the Western Athletic Conference by two games, fell to 34-19.
Bloomquist (5-1) beat CSU Bakersfield for the second time this season, scattering nine hits over six innings and giving up three runs without a walk and striking out five. Bloomquist also was the winning pitcher April 9 at Hardt Field, a 5-2 decision in which he allowed two runs and two hits with five strikeouts in six-plus innings for his first collegiate victory.
Michael Holback pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Michael Dingilian tossed a scoreless ninth. Both right-handers struck out two Roadrunners.
Junior left fielder David Armendariz led off the fourth inning with a single up the middle and Stewart (pictured at right) shattered a 3-3 tie with his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field.
Cal Poly went on to add three more runs in the inning for an 8-3 cushion and never looked back. Freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell singled to knock in one run and sophomore right fielder Nick Torres doubled to left-center field to cash in two more.
Every time CSU Bakersfield scored a run, Cal Poly answered in the bottom of the inning.
The Roadrunners scored in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Cael Brockmeyer and Cal Poly tallied three in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Mundell, an RBI double by Torres and a run-scoring single by Armendariz.
CSU Bakersfield tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth on a two-run single by Frank Martinez. Cal Poly responded with its five-run rally in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach at 8-3.
Tyler Shryock singled up the middle to drive in a run in the top of the seventh and Cal Poly answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on RBI grounders by junior third baseman Jimmy Allen and Armendariz.
Torres finished with two doubles and three RBI while Mundell and Armendariz each produced two hits and a pair of RBI. Stewart also had two RBI with his home run while senior second baseman Denver Chavez added a single and double.
Cal Poly was outhit 12-9 by CSU Bakersfield. Leading the Roadrunners offensively were Shryock, Oscar Sanay, Kevin Younger and Chance Gusbeth, each with two hits.
The loss went to CSU Bakersfield starter Hayden Carter (2-3) as he surrendered eight runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings with two walks and no strikeouts. The Roadrunners used five pitchers in the game.
Cal Poly reached double figures in runs scored for the first time in 28 games and for only the fifth time this season.
CSU Bakersfield committed four errors, but only one of Cal Poly's 10 runs was unearned.
The Mustangs resume Big West Conference play this weekend with a three-game home series against second-place Cal State Northridge. Game times in Baggett Stadium are 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.