No. 8 Cal Poly Opens Northern Illinois Series With 4-2 Victory
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni earned his fourth win in as many starts as No. 8 Cal Poly opened an 18-game home stand with a 4-2 victory over Northern Illinois in the opener of a three-game midweek non-conference baseball series Tuesday night in Baggett Stadium.
Junior first baseman Tim Wise and senior third baseman Jimmy Allen each produced a pair of hits for Cal Poly, which improved to 12-3 on the year. Northern Illinois fell to 1-13-1.
Calomeni (4-0) struck out a career-high nine and walked three over 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. Junior right-hander Reed Reilly notched the final eight outs for his fourth save, striking out two.
The loss went to Anthony Andres (0-3), who surrendered four runs and seven hits over six innings with three walks and one strikeout in his first career start with the Huskies.
Cal Poly jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Allen singled up the middle with one out and came home on junior left fielder Zack Zehner's triple to left-center field, Cal Poly's first three-bagger of the season. A sacrifice fly to center field by sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias brought home Zehner.
After Northern Illinois cut the 2-0 deficit in half with a run in the top of the third on two Cal Poly errors and a bloop RBI single down the right-field line by Justin Fletcher, the Mustangs tallied single runs in the third and fourth frames for a 4-1 cushion.
Torres singled through the left side of the Northern Illinois infield to knock in the run in the third and senior catcher Chris Hoo's sixth double of the season scored the run in the fourth.
Northern Illinois scored its final run in the sixth as Fletcher tripled and came home on Alex Klonowski's grounder to first base.
The Huskies had runners at first and third with two outs in the eighth but Reilly induced Tommy Hook to ground out to first base, ending the rally. Reilly struck out two of three batters in the ninth to close the door.
Northern Illinois' five hits included a single and triple by Fletcher.
Despite the win, Cal Poly committed a season-high three errors.
Second game of the series will be played Wednesday night at 6 o'clock with junior right-hander Danny Zandona (0-0, 5.00 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly against Northern Illinois sophomore southpaw Jordan Ruckman (0-4, 8.31 ERA), the fifth straight left-handed starter the Mustangs will face on the mound.