No. 22 Cal Poly Wins Series Against No. 12 UCLA With 9-1 Victory
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Junior right fielder Nick Torres and sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell combined for five hits and five RBI as No. 22 Cal Poly captured its non-conference series against defending national champion and No. 12 UCLA with a 9-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Torres singled three times, knocking in two runs, while Mundell added two hits, including his third home run of the series, for the Mustangs, who improved to 6-1 on the year.
UCLA fell to 4-3. The Bruins won Friday's series opener 5-2 and Cal Poly bounced back with an 8-0 victory Saturday as freshman right-hander Slater Lee pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout and earned Player of the Day honors from PerfectGame.org.
Cal Poly scored eight times in the first four innings and never looked back.
Mundell hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his third of the season and 14th of his Mustang career. Mundell hit a home run in each game of the series, went 5-for-10 at the plate to lift his average to .455 and drove in seven runs.
Torres (pictured at right) stroked a two-run single in the fourth inning to give Cal Poly a 7-1 lead and went 5-for-13 in the series with six RBI. He is hitting .448 for the year.
Left fielder Zack Zehner and catcher Chris Hoo added run-scoring hits as Cal Poly mounted a 12-hit offensive attack and limited the Bruins to just six hits.
While Torres had three hits, Mundell, Zehner, Hoo and third baseman Jimmy Allen all had a pair of hits for Cal Poly.
Designated hitter Brett Stephens and right fielder Christoph Bono each had two hits for UCLA.
Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (2-0) earned the win on the mound for Cal Poly. In five-plus innings, he gave up one run and four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Junior southpaw Taylor Chris tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with four strikeouts, while junior closer Reed Reilly pitched the ninth inning.
The loss went to UCLA starter Cody Poteet (0-1), who was touched for five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. The Bruins used six pitchers in the series finale.
Cal Poly turned three double plays and played errorless defense for the third time this season.
Cal Poly will play four more games on the road next week, visiting San Jose State on Tuesday night and Southern California for three weekend games at Dedeaux Field.