No. 5 Cal Poly Completes Sweep of UC Davis Series With 9-1 Victory
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Mark Mathias and Nick Torres extended their hitting streaks and Casey Bloomquist allowed one unearned run over eight innings as No. 5 Cal Poly completed a sweep of its Big West Conference-opening baseball series against UC Davis with a 9-1 victory Sunday afternoon before 2,039 in Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly has won 23 of its last 24 home games and is 16-1 at home this season, improving to 23-4 overall and 3-0 in Big West games with Sunday's win. The Mustangs own an 86-24 record at home (78.2 percent) since late in the 2010 season.
UC Davis, 0-12 at Baggett Stadium since joining the Big West in 2008, fell to 12-12 for the 2013 season. The Aggies had won eight of their last 10 games prior to their trip to San Luis Obispo.
Cal Poly, which has won five straight games and 13 of its last 14, has won seven series this season, including four sweeps, and split a rain-shortened two-game series at USC.
"We started the week off on a good note with a win against Cal and continued to play well this weekend," said 12th-year Mustang head coach Larry Lee. "It was very important to open up conference play with the success we enjoyed.
"That's what we wanted to do, take care of business," Lee added, "but we still need to work on a lot of areas and get major contributions from other players if we are to reach the goals we want to accomplish."
Mathias knocked in three runs in a 3-for-4 day at the plate, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, fifth longest in Cal Poly's 20-year Division I history. Mathias is hitting .474 with 27 hits in 57 at-bats during his streak.
Torres, who hit in 18 straight contests a year ago for the fourth-longest Mustang Division I streak, currently has an 11-game hitting streak with a run-scoring single in the second inning. He is 16-for-46 (.348) during his streak.
Bloomquist (6-0) (pictured at right) earned his sixth win in six starts, scattering four hits and striking out six in eight innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.48. Bryan Granger secured two outs and Reed Reilly struck out the final UC Davis batter of the game.
The loss went to Aggie starter Evan Wolf (2-2), who surrendered four runs (three earned) and four hits in 1 1/3 innings. UC Davis used five pitchers in the game.
Cal Poly's 13-hit offensive attack was paced by Mathias and sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen, each with three hits. One of Mathias's hits was a triple. Sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell added a single and double, driving in one run.
Senior third baseman Jimmy Allen belted his first home run of the season, a solo shot leading off the sixth inning, and also singled while sophomore first baseman Ryan Drobny contributed a triple.
Cal Poly, which did not have a triple in the first four weeks of the season, has collected nine triples in its last 13 games.
UC Davis, held to just four hits for the second time in the series, was led by third baseman Adam Young's two singles.
Cal Poly scored twice in each of the first three innings and never looked back.
A two-run single up the middle by Mathias gave Cal Poly a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Torres' RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Mundell resulted in a 4-0 Mustang lead in the second and a run-scoring triple by Drobny and RBI single by Van Gansen made it 6-0 after three frames.
UC Davis scored its lone run in the sixth on Young's single to right, but Cal Poly answered in the bottom of the sixth on Allen's home run to left and added two insurance runs in the eighth on an RBI triple by Mathias and an Aggie throwing error.
Cal Poly continues its 18-game home stand Tuesday night, hosting CSU Bakersfield (11-15) for a 6 p.m. non-conference game. The Mustangs entertain UC Santa Barbara (19-5, 1-2) for a Big West series next weekend.