No. 8 Cal Poly Wraps Up 6-0 Week With 7-2 Win Over Wagner
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni earned his second victory of the week while senior third baseman Jimmy Allen knocked in four runs with three hits as the No. 8 Cal Poly baseball team completed a perfect 6-0 week at home with a 7-2 victory over Wagner on Sunday in Baggett Stadium.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs, who swept Northern Illinois earlier in the week, are off to the program's second-best 20-game start in its 20-year Division I history at 17-3. The 1997 Mustangs opened the year 18-2.
Wagner, located on Staten Island in New York City, fell to 2-11 and remains in California to play a four-game series at UC Santa Barbara next weekend.
Cal Poly has won seven straight games, fourth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. The Mustangs also have won 17 consecutive home games dating back to the 2013 season, the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Western Carolina has won 21 straight home games.
Calomeni (5-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win, five days after opening the Northern Illinois series with a strong performance as well. Against Wagner, Calomeni walked four and struck out five. Danny Zandona, Jearl Jesson, Nick Suniga and Slater Lee combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
The loss went to Wagner southpaw Paul Mammino (0-3), who surrendered three runs and seven hits in four innings.
"This was good experience to have our team go through a six-game push like that," said Lee. "It forced us to use our bullpen creatively. We played some close games and did what we needed to do."
Cal Poly never trailed, but held a slim 3-2 lead before tallying a run in the sixth inning on senior catcher Chris Hoo's RBI single to right field.
The Mustangs broke the game open in the eighth inning as Allen (pictured above), who singled to drive in a run in the third inning, capped his 3-for-4 day at the plate with a three-run triple off the left-field wall.
Wagner left the bases loaded in both the sixth and eighth innings. With one out in the sixth, Zandona relieved Calomeni and got a force play at the plate and a strikeout to get out of the jam. In the eighth with two outs, Suniga got punch-hitter John Lynn to fly out to center field.
Allen, whose leadoff double in the second inning sparked a two-run Mustang rally, went 10-for-22 with four doubles, a triple and eight RBI in Cal Poly's six home games this week, lifting his batting average to .346.
Senior first baseman Tim Wise was 3-for-5 Sunday with two singles and a triple while Hoo and junior right fielder Nick Torres each had a pair of hits.
Cal Poly, which did not have a triple in the first four weeks this season, produced five three-baggers this week.
Wagner's seven hits included three singles by left fielder Shaun Flynn and a single and double by shortstop Nick Mascelli.
Cal Poly hit .314 in the Wagner series with 11 doubles and three triples. The Mustang pitching staff allowed 1.33 earned runs per game and held Wagner to a .189 team batting average.
Cal Poly outscored Northern Illinois and Wagner 43-16 and outhit them 64-49, hitting .320 in the six-game week.
"We still have some areas we need to address, mostly on the pitching side," said Lee. "We want to try to make progress in all areas of the game."
For the week, sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias was 8-for-17 with two doubles and eight RBI. He has a 10-game hitting streak.
The Mustangs take a break for Winter Quarter finals, returning to action Friday night with the opener of a four-game series against California at 6 o'clock in Baggett Stadium. The Bears are 10-8 after being swept at home by UCLA over the weekend by scores of 3-2, 3-1 and 6-1.