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March 4, 2014

No. 9 Cal Poly Blanks Santa Clara, 6-0, in Game Called Due to Fog

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen celebrated his 20th birthday with three singles and freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni tossed six scoreless innings for his third win as No. 9 Cal Poly shut out Santa Clara 6-0 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night called in the seventh inning at Baggett Stadium due to fog.

Believed to be the first game in the 14-year history of Baggett Stadium halted because of fog, Cal Poly was batting in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and the bases loaded when the three umpires decided to pull the players off the field. A half-hour later, conditions did not improve and the game was called.

With the win, Cal Poly improves to 9-2 on the year. Santa Clara falls to 6-7. The Mustangs beat the Broncos 8-0 two weeks ago at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Calomeni (3-0) lowered his ERA to 1.69 by scattering four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Junior right-hander Danny Zandona pitched the seventh for Cal Poly, striking out the side while also allowing one walk and one hit.

The loss went to Santa Clara starter Jacob Steffens (0-1), who surrendered four runs (three earned) and seven hits in four innings.

Van Gansen (pictured at right) went 3-for-3 at the plate and he also was hit by a pitch, lifting his average to .286. Van Gansen, hitting .115 seven games into the season, is 7-for-9 in his last four contests.

Sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias, hitting .105 entering the USC series over the weekend, has four hits in his last 10 at-bats to improve his average to .207. He singled twice and drove in a run against Santa Clara.

Junior right fielder Nick Torres, senior third baseman Jimmy Allen and senior catcher Chris Hoo also had two hits apiece -– each with a single and double -– while sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell's double in the fifth inning was lost in the fog in right field.

Cal Poly collected 14 hits while Santa Clara was held to five singles, including two by second baseman Rory Graf-Brennen.

The Broncos committed five errors Tuesday, lifting their season total for 13 games to 29 miscues.

Cal Poly erupted for four runs in the second inning. Hoo doubled to drive in two, Mathias' sacrifice fly made it 3-0 and Torres singled to right field for the fourth run.

The Mustangs added two more runs in the fifth. Back-to-back doubles by Mundell and Allen produced the first run and Hoo singled to left field, knocking in the final run of the game.

Cal Poly, playing its first home game in 16 days, wraps up a stretch of 10 of 11 games on the road this weekend with a three-game series at Seattle. The Redhawks fell to 5-8 by losing both games of a doubleheader Tuesday at Oregon.