No. 9 Cal Poly Clinches Seattle Series With 2-1 Victory
SHORELINE, Wash. – Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist earned his third victory and junior right fielder Nick Torres knocked in both Cal Poly runs with a double and a home run as the No. 9 Mustangs edged Seattle 2-1 in the finale of a non-conference baseball series Sunday afternoon at Meridian Park.
Bloomquist (pictured at right) was within one strike of a six-hit shutout when Brock Carpenter reached base with a two-out error. Cash McGuire's double over the head of Cal Poly left fielder Tim Wise cut Cal Poly's lead to 2-1 and knocked Bloomquist out of the game.
Sam Finfer rolled a grounder to the right of Mustang second baseman Mark Mathias and his throw to first base was too late. Pinch-runner Austen Brand tried to score from second base on the infield single, but Cal Poly first baseman Ryan Drobny's throw to catcher Chris Hoo was in plenty of time to get Brand and end the game.
With the win, Cal Poly clinched the three-game series, two games to one, and improved to 11-3 on the year. Seattle fell to 6-10.
Bloomquist (3-0) allowed one run and seven hits in 8 2/3 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Junior southpaw Taylor Chris, who relieved Bloomquist in the ninth, picked up his first save.
The loss went to Seattle lefty Connor Moore (1-3), who gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
Cal Poly scored single runs in the first and third innings.
Wise doubled to open the game and, after a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Ellis, Torres doubled to drive home Wise.
Torres hit a two-out solo home run in the third inning, his fourth of the season, to give Cal Poly a 2-0 cushion.
Bloomquist retired the first 13 Seattle batters he faced before Cullen Hendrickson doubled with one out in the fifth. Seattle had two baserunners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and one more in the eighth, but Bloomquist escaped from each jam.
Both teams collected eight hits.
Torres and senior third baseman Jimmy Allen each had two hits for Cal Poly. Hendrickson and Carpenter collected a pair of hits apiece for Seattle.
Cal Poly, which has played 10 of its last 11 games on the road, opens up an 18-game homestand Tuesday night with the opener of a three-game series against Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. in Baggett Stadium.
The Huskies are 1-12-1 after losing four games at Oregon State over the weekend, including Sunday's 10-0 setback.