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May 24, 2013

No. 22 Cal Poly Clinches Pacific Series With 8-3 Victory

STOCKTON, Calif. – Sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof threw 100 pitches in six innings for his seventh victory and Brian Mundell hit his record-breaking 10th home run of the season as No. 22 Cal Poly took advantage of five Pacific errors for an 8-3 victory in a Big West Conference baseball game Friday night at Klein Family Field.

Only three of Cal Poly's runs were earned as the Mustangs improved to 39-16 for the season and remain alone in second place in the Big West at 17-9. The 39 wins is a new Cal Poly Division I record, surpassing the old mark of 38 set in 2004. In Division II, the Mustangs won 41 games in both 1977 and 1992.

Cal Poly has won its 10th series in 15 weekends this year, defeating Pacific 8-4 Thursday night. The Mustangs have won six straight games and 11 of their last 13.

Pacific fell to 14-39 and 6-20.

Imhof (7-3) struck out four and walked two for his third win in as many weeks. Two of the three runs he allowed were earned. Imhof had to work out of jams in the middle three innings – first and second with no outs in the fourth, second and third with noboby out in the fifth and bases loaded with no outs in the sixth – and gave up just two runs. He also was helped by three Mustang double plays.

Chase Johnson pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Taylor Chris tossed two scoreless frames with three strikeouts.

Cal Poly broke open a 1-1 contest with four runs in the third inning and never looked back. Pacific tallied single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to pull to within two before the Mustangs re-established their four-run cushion with two in the sixth inning.

Mundell (pictured at right) led off the ninth inning by hammering the first pitch from Patrick Weigel well over the left-field wall for his 10th homer and an 8-3 Mustang lead. Mundell broke Cal Poly's Division I record for home runs by a freshman in a season previously held by Matt Jensen, who hit nine in 2009.

Sophomore center fielder Jordan Ellis, senior second baseman Denver Chavez, sophomore right fielder Nick Torres and junior third baseman Jimmy Allen all produced two of Cal Poly's 13 hits.

Ellis knocked in a run with a third-inning single and Mundell's home run was Cal Poly's lone extra-base hit of the game.

Pacific's seven hits included a triple and two singles by shortstop Brett Sullivan. Second baseman Tyger Pederson had his nine-game hitting streak snapped as he went 0-for-4. Pederson also had hit safely in 16 consecutive Big West contests.

The loss went to Pacific senior southpaw John Haberman (2-6) as he allowed seven runs (two earned) and eight hits in six innings.

Cal Poly has won 25 of its last 31 games against Pacific and 31 of 41, winning series against the Tigers 14 straight years.

Final game of the series will be played Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Cal Poly to send freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist (6-1, 4.24 ERA) to the mound against Pacific sophomore right-hander Mike Hager (1-5, 6.05 ERA).

It will be Pacific's final game as a member of the Big West Conference. The Tigers move to the West Coast Conference on July 1.