No. 3 Cal Poly Earns Seventh Straight Win, Defeats Bakersfield 9-1
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni earned his seventh victory and sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell drove in four runs with a two-run single and a pair of sacrifice flies as No. 3 Cal Poly recorded its seventh straight victory, defeating Bakersfield 9-1 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Hardt Field.
Calomeni (7-1) struck out seven, did not walk a batter and scattered seven hits, including three infield singles, over eight innings for the win. Calomeni faced just one batter over the minimum in the first seven innings as the first three Bakersfield base runners were erased on double plays.
Cal Poly, which has won 13 of its last 14 games and 21 of 23, improved to 31-5 on the year with Tuesday's win. The Mustangs also beat the Roadrunners 6-1 on April 1 in Baggett Stadium.
Bakersfield is 14-20.
Mustang junior left fielder Zack Zehner (pictured at right) notched two doubles and a single while sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias singled three times to lead Cal Poly's 15-hit offensive attack.
Junior center fielder Jordan Ellis and junior right fielder Nick Torres each had two singles and an RBI while redshirt freshman catcher Brett Barbier recorded a single and two-run double.
Barbier's two-run double in the second inning gave Cal Poly an early 2-0 lead. Ellis singled to knock in the third run of the inning and Mundell's first sacrifice fly of the game capped the four-run rally.
A single by Torres and Mundell's second sacrifice fly make it 6-0 in the fourth and Zehner doubled and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore first baseman Ryan Drobny for a 7-0 Cal Poly lead in the fifth.
Mundell, who has a Big West-leading 10 sacrifice flies this season, hit a two-run single in the sixth which gave the Mustangs a 9-0 cushion.
Bakersfield scored its lone run of the game in the eighth. Designated hitter Max Carter led off with a triple and came home on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Mylz Jones.
Freshman right-hander Nick Suniga pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly resumes Big West play Thursday night, hosting four-time defending conference champion Cal State Fullerton (18-13, 3-3 Big West) at 6 p.m. in Baggett Stadium.
The Mustangs, 8-1 in Big West games, tied for first place with UC Irvine, are 20-2 at home this season.