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April 8, 2014

Cal Poly Closes Long Home Stand With 6-2 Win Over Saint Mary’s

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni earned his sixth win and sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen drove in three runs with a single and pair of bases-loaded walks as No. 4 Cal Poly closed out an 18-game home stand with a 6-2 victory over Saint Mary's in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday in Baggett Stadium.

Calomeni (6-1) (pictured at right) allowed one run and four hits in five innings with no walks and four strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.80. Slater Lee, Bryan Granger and Reed Reilly pitched in relief for the Mustangs.

Cal Poly won 16 of the 18 games in the home stand and, with Tuesday's triumph, has won three straight, nine of its last 10 and 17 of 19, improving to 27-5 for the year. The Mustangs are 20-2 at home this season and 90-25 (78.3 percent) in Baggett Stadium since late in the 2010 season.

Saint Mary's fell to 13-18.

Cal Poly never trailed, scoring at least once in five of the first six innings. Saint Mary's mustered single runs in the third and seventh frames.

Cal Poly's 11-hit attack was paced by second baseman Mark Mathias, center fielder Jordan Ellis, right fielder Nick Torres and third baseman Jimmy Allen, each with two hits. Mathias and Torres both had a double and single. Designated hitter Brian Mundell contributed a sacrifice fly, his Big West-leading eighth of the year.

Van Gansen singled to knock in a run in the second inning and drew bases-loaded walks in the fourth and fifth innings, giving him 11 RBI for the season.

Ten of Cal Poly's 11 hits came from the top six hitters in the batting order.

Center fielder Anthony Gonsolin singled twice for Saint Mary's and shortstop Ricky Boas added a double. Second baseman Connor Hornsby and pinch hitter Trevor Ellison drove in the runs for the Gaels with RBI singles.

The loss went to Saint Mary's starter Corbin Burnes (0-2), who gave up the sacrifice fly to Mundell in the first inning. The Gaels used eight pitchers on "staff day."

Cal Poly, 5-1 for a first-place tie with UC Irvine in the Big West, resumes conference play this weekend, visiting Hawai'i for a three-game series Friday through Sunday.