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April 22, 2014

No. 1/2/3 Cal Poly Defeats San Jose State 12-5 for 11th Straight Win

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior first baseman Tim Wise produced his first career four-hit game, knocking in two runs, and freshman right-hander Slater Lee earned his first win since late February as Cal Poly, one day after earning a No. 1 ranking from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 12-5 victory over San Jose State on Tuesday night.

The Mustangs, who have won 17 of their last 18 and 25 of 27, improved to 35-5 with the non-conference win before 1,259 in Baggett Stadium. San Jose State fell to 12-29 with its fourth straight loss.

The Mustangs' 11-game winning streak is the second-longest active tear in Division I, two behind Columbia.

Wise singled in a run in Cal Poly's three-run first-inning rally and the Mustangs never looked back, breaking open a 7-4 contest with four runs in the seventh frame. Wise also bunted for a base hit in the sixth, bunted for an RBI single in the seventh and singled to left-center field in the eighth.

His 4-for-5 day at the plate lifted Wise's average to .299.

Junior left fielder Zack Zehner (pictured at right) added three hits, all singles, and also drove in two runs, improving his average to .333.

Sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias is now hitting .407 with a 12-game hitting streak after contributing two singles and knocking in a run. Mathias has hit safely in 29 of his last 30 games and sports a .461 average during the run (53 of 115).

Sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell and senior catcher Chris Hoo also contributed a pair of hits as Cal Poly outhit San Jose State 16-9 and produced double-digit hits for the sixth time in its last seven games.

Designated hitter Brett Bautista singled three times for the Spartans and both catcher Kyle Gallegos and right fielder Sheldon Daquioag had a pair of hits.

Lee (3-1) allowed one run and five hits in five innings for his first decision in seven starts. His last win was a two-hit shutout against defending national champion UCLA in the second week of the season. Lee did not walk a Spartan batter and struck out one.

Among the four relievers, Taylor Chris retired all four batters he faced with just eight pitches and Danny Zandona allowed one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings.

Cal Poly, which committed its first error in seven games, is now 24-2 at home, 32-0 when leading after seven innings and 30-2 when outhitting its opponent. The Mustangs are 30 games above the .500 mark for the first time in their 20-year Division I history and have won 94 of their last 119 games at home (79 percent).

Cal Poly, which has an RPI of 9 according to warrennolan.com, hits the road for its next seven games, visiting Long Beach State (18-20, 5-4 Big West) for a three-game Big West Conference series Friday through Sunday at Blair Field.

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