No. 4 Cal Poly Completes Sweep of Hawai’i Series With 8-3 Victory
HONOLULU, Hawai'I – Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist picked up his eighth victory without a loss and sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell belted his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot, as No. 4 Cal Poly completed a three-game Big West Conference series sweep Sunday with an 8-3 victory over Hawai'i in Les Murakami Stadium.
Cal Poly has won six straight games, 12 of their last 13 and 20 of 22, improving to 30-5 on the year. The Mustangs reached 30 wins in the fewest number of games played all-time and are 8-1 in Big West games, tied for first place with UC Irvine.
Hawai'i suffered its sixth straight loss since winning two of three games at UC Santa Barbara, falling to 14-19 overall and 2-7 in conference games.
Mundell capped a three-run third-inning Cal Poly rally with his blast to right field, snapping a 1-1 tie. It was his first home run since hitting one in each game of the Mustangs' series at UCLA in late February.
Ahead 4-2, Cal Poly pulled away with three runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth.
Sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen, 0-for-9 in the series before coming to the plate in the eighth inning, stroked an RBI single to give the Mustangs some insurance and doubled home another run in the ninth. Sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias added an RBI single in the eighth.
Bloomquist (8-0) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for the win, walking two and striking out two. Bryan Granger secured one out and Danny Zandona and Michael Dingilian each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The loss went to Hawai'i southpaw Scott Squier (2-3) as he gave up six runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. Only three of the runs were earned and Squier struck out six.
Junior right fielder Nick Torres had three of Cal Poly's 14 hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs. Mathias, Mundell (pictured above), left fielder Zack Zehner, Van Gansen and senior catcher Chris Hoo each added a pair of hits.
Hawai'i's 11 hits included two each by right fielder Adam Hurley, designated hitter Matt Miller, catcher Steven Pollakov and third baseman Jerry Kleman.
Cal Poly visits Bakersfield (14-19) for a single non-conference game Tuesday night before returning home to host four-time defending Big West champion Cal State Fullerton next Thursday through Saturday in Baggett Stadium.
The Mustangs are 20-2 at home this season.