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February 15, 2014

Cal Poly Clinches Kansas State Series With 5-2 Victory

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Freshman right-hander Slater Lee, in his first collegiate game, struck out seven over 6 1/3 innings and junior right fielder Nick Torres produced his second career four-hit game as No. 27 Cal Poly defeated No. 22 Kansas State 5-2 in the second game of a three-game season-opening baseball series Saturday night before 1,217 in Baggett Stadium.

Lee (1-0) allowed just two singles and one walk on the mound for the Mustangs, retiring the first 10 Kansas State batters he faced. The Carlsbad High School graduate retired the side in order five times.

With the win, the Mustangs clinched the series -- Cal Poly won Friday's contest 3-0 -- and improved to 2-0 on the young season. Kansas State, which has produced just two runs and seven hits in two games, striking out 26 times, fell to 0-2.

Junior southpaw Taylor Chris allowed a run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings and junior righty Reed Reilly picked up his second save by securing the final out.

The loss went to Kansas State senior lefty Jared Moore (0-1), who gave up three runs, all in the sixth inning, and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts.

Torres (pictured at right) singled four times, scoring once, to spark Cal Poly's 12-hit offensive attack. Torres also had four hits against UC Santa Barbara a year ago. Junior center fielder Jordan Ellis added three hits and is 5-for-9 (.556) in the first two games of the year.

Senior third baseman Jimmy Allen, who knocked in two runs with a single to break up a scoreless pitchers' duel Friday night, added two hits and an RBI Saturday. Sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen doubled home a run in the eighth inning for Cal Poly's first extra-base hit of the year.

Kansas State's five hits included an RBI double by left fielder Max Brown in the ninth inning.

Kansas State scored a run in the fourth on an RBI infield single by designated hitter Tanner DeVinny. Cal Poly answered with three runs in the sixth inning for the second straight night and never looked back.

Allen's RBI single to left field tied the game at 1-1, sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias broke the tie with a sacrifice fly to left field and senior catcher Chris Hoo made it 3-1 when he was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded.

Cal Poly added two insurance runs in the eighth on Van Gansen's RBI double down the left-field line and an RBI single by Ellis. Brown's run-scoring double in the ninth for Kansas State completed the scoring.

The Mustangs won last year's series at Kansas State, two games to one.

Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock in Baggett Stadium with sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (0-0, 0.00 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly against Kansas State sophomore right-hander Jordan Witcig (0-0, 0.00 ERA).