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March 23, 2014

No. 6 Cal Poly Earns 8-4 Victory Over California for 2-1 Series Lead

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly's top three hitters in the lineup -- Tim Wise, Jordan Ellis and Nick Torres -- combined for six hits and five RBI while sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist improved his unblemished record to 5-0 as the No. 6 Mustangs defeated California 8-4 Sunday afternoon before 2,182 in Baggett Stadium.

Wise, Ellis (pictured at right) and Torres each produced a pair of hits -- Wise and Torres both driving in a pair of runs -- for the Mustangs, who lifted their record to 19-4 and took a 2-1 lead in their four-game series against the Golden Bears (11-11).

Bloomquist allowed four runs and nine hits over 7 1/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts before giving way to junior closer Reed Reilly. The right-hander, pitching in his first game in 10 days after pulling a hamstring in the Northern Illinois series, earned a five-out save, his fifth of the year, allowing no runs and one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

Cal took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single up the middle by second baseman Brenden Farney before Cal Poly erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second.

Senior third baseman Jimmy Allen sparked the rally with a leadoff double off the wall in left field and came home on an RBI single by sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias. That single extended Mathias' hitting streak to 13 games.

Sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen pushed across the second run with a safety squeeze bunt, Wise singled to score the third run and a Cal error allowed the fourth run to score.

Cal cut the deficit to 4-3 with two runs in the fourth on shortstop Derek Campbell's two-run home run to left field, his fourth of the year.

It stayed that way until the sixth when, with two outs, Ryan Mason hit both Chris Hoo and Wise with pitches. Ellis followed with an RBI single to right field and Torres doubled off the left-field wall to score both Ellis and Wise.

Each team scored its final run in the eighth inning as Cal Poly maintained its four-run cushion. First baseman Nick Halamandaris homered leading off the top of the inning for Cal and Wise singled to center field to knock in Cal Poly's run in the bottom of the frame.

The loss went to Cal starter Michael Theofanopoulos (1-4), who surrendered four runs (three earned) and six hits while recording just five outs.

Cal's 10 hits included a single, double and home run by Halamandaris, a single and home run by Campbell and two singles by third baseman Chris Paul.

Cal Poly, which had an 18-game home winning streak stretching to the 2013 season come to an end Saturday night in an 8-3 loss to the Golden Bears, has won 19 of its last 20 home games and 82 of its last 106 Baggett Stadium contests (77 percent) going back to the final month of the 2010 season.

Cal Poly has won nine of its last 10 games while Cal has lost six of its last seven.

Final game of the series is set for Monday at 3 p.m. with Cal Poly's Slater Lee (2-1, 5.68 ERA) to face Cal's Alex Martinez (0-2, 2.12 ERA) in a matchup of freshman right-handers.