No. 5 Cal Poly Avenges Loss to Pepperdine With 5-1 Victory
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior right-hander Danny Zandona pitched five scoreless innings for his second victory and sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell knocked in three runs with two hits and a sacrifice fly as No. 5 Cal Poly defeated Pepperdine 5-1 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night before 1,552 in Baggett Stadium.
The Mustangs, who avenged an 11-4 loss to the Waves a week ago, won their third straight and improved to 39-9 overall. Cal Poly is 8-1 in midweek games and 25-2 at home.
Pepperdine, ranked No. 22 this week and first in the West Coast Conference, fell to 32-13.
Zandona (2-0) (pictured at right), making his third career start and second this season, allowed just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts, four days after pitching 4 2/3 innings in relief against UC Riverside. He was limited to a pitch count and came out after throwing 63 pitches.
Bryan Granger allowed a run on two hits in the sixth inning while Taylor Chris and Reed Reilly combined for three scoreless innings to close it out.
The loss went to Pepperdine right-hander Jackson McClelland (6-3), who gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
Mundell hit his Big West-leading 11th sacrifice fly in a two-run third-inning rally and his two-run single in the fifth gave Cal Poly a 4-0 advantage.
After Pepperdine tallied its lone run in the sixth on Aaron Brown's single to right field, Cal Poly closed out the scoring in the eighth as Mundell led off with his second triple in the last three games and came home on a wild pitch.
Junior center fielder Jordan Ellis doubled to right field, scoring Cal Poly's first run in the third inning.
The Mustangs compiled nine hits, including two each by Mundell and sophomore first baseman John Schuknecht, who scored twice in the game. Schuknecht has put together back-to-back two-hit games to lift his batting average 53 points to .231.
Sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias had one single and scored twice. He has produced a hit in 35 of his last 37 games, including four straight.
Pepperdine's five hits included doubles by third baseman Austin Davidson and right fielder Bryan Langlois.
Cal Poly, second in the Big West at 14-4, will host first-place UC Irvine (14-1 in conference) for a three-game Big West series Friday through Sunday in Baggett Stadium.