LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Mother Nature finally gave No. 13 Cal Poly and No. 29 Southern California a chance to play some baseball Sunday afternoon and, after rainouts Friday and Saturday, the two teams split a non-conference doubleheader at Dedeaux Field.
Senior catcher Chris Hoo doubled twice, collecting an RBI on each one, and junior southpaw Matt Imhof allowed one run and five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts as Cal Poly defeated USC 5-1 in the opening game.
USC exploded for a 16-0 victory in the nightcap.
Cal Poly collected 10 hits in the first game, including two each by Hoo (pictured at right) and sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias. Tim Wise and Jordan Ellis both added RBI singles while Brian Mundell contributed a sacrifice fly.
Junior right-hander Reed Reilly pitched the final two innings in relief of Imhof (2-1) and struck out two.
The game was delayed one hour and five minutes in the bottom of the first inning by rain.
Both teams scored a run in the second inning before Cal Poly pulled away with single runs in the fourth and seventh frames and added two more in the eighth.
The loss went to USC's Wyatt Strahan (0-1), who gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Freshman right-hander Slater Lee took the mound for Cal Poly in the nightcap, eight days after pitching a complete-game two-hit shutout against defending national champion UCLA.
Lee only lasted 2 1/3 innings in his third start as a Mustang, surrendering six runs (five earned) and three hits. Six other Cal Poly pitchers were used in the game -– Michael Dingilian and Casey Bloomquist each pitching one scoreless frame when all the damage had already been done.
USC's trio of pitchers, starter Bob Wheatley (seven inning, 10 strikeouts), Sean Adler and Kyle Davis -- combined to limit Cal Poly to just two hits -– a third-inning single by Peter Van Gansen and a fourth-inning single by Brian Mundell.
Cal Poly had just four baserunners in the nightcap, none reaching third base, and was shut out for the first time in 50 games.
First baseman Jake Hernandez went 4-for-5 to lead USC's 16-hit attack. Kevin Swick and Dante Flores each added three hits.
Both teams are 8-2 on the year.
Cal Poly, which has played its last seven games on the road, will host Santa Clara on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Baggett Stadium before playing three more road games next weekend at Seattle.