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February 25, 2014

No. 13 Cal Poly Improves to 7-1 With 5-3 Win Over San Jose State

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cal Poly's last four batters in the lineup collected eight hits and freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni earned his second victory in as many starts as the No. 13-ranked Mustangs defeated San Jose State 5-3 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.

Senior third baseman Jimmy Allen (pictured at right) produced three hits, including a double, and sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen singled twice as Cal Poly, playing its fifth straight road game and coming off a series win at UCLA last weekend, improved to 7-1 on the year.

San Jose State, which did not take batting practice nor did it take infield/outfield prior to the game, fell to 2-7.

Calomeni (2-0) struck out seven and walked one in five innings, allowing three runs and five hits, all in the first two innings when San Jose State led 3-2. Calomeni settled down after that, retiring the final 10 Spartan batters he faced.

Junior right-hander Danny Zandona retired the first seven batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk in the eighth inning. Junior right-hander Reed Reilly earned his third save by securing the final five outs, three via strikeout.

The trio of Mustang pitchers combined to strike out 12 San Jose State batters.

Cal Poly scored a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell.

After San Jose State knotted the score in the bottom of the first, junior center fielder Jordan Ellis drew a bases-loaded walk in the second frame as Cal Poly regained the lead at 2-1.

The Spartans grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second on third baseman Jacob Valdez's two-run double.

Cal Poly jumped back on top in the third. With two outs, Allen and sophomore infielder John Schuknecht hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 3-3 and Van Gansen blooped a single to right-center field to knock in the go-ahead run.
 
The Mustangs added another run in the fourth for a 5-3 lead as junior right fielder Nick Torres belted his third home run of the season, a towering solo shot to left field.

With a single and double, Valdez had two of San Jose State's five hits. Spartan starter Michael Wright (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs and five hits in three innings with four walks and three strikeouts.

Cal Poly plays three more games on the road this weekend at No. 29 Southern Cal (7-1). The Trojans opened the season by winning their first seven games -- series sweeps against Northwestern and North Dakota State sandwiched around a  6-1 midweek win over Cal State Fullerton – before falling to Long Beach State 2-1 Tuesday night at Blair Field.