Cal Poly Baseball Alumni Game Set for Saturday Afternoon

Cal Poly Baseball Alumni Game Set for Saturday Afternoon

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — At least 15 members of Cal Poly's 2014 Big West Conference championship baseball team return to Baggett Stadium on Saturday for the annual Alumni Game.

First pitch for the nine-inning game is set for 1 p.m. and features the alumni against the 2017 Cal Poly baseball team.

Eleven of the 15 players are on the Alumni roster, all but one still playing in the minor leagues.

That group includes infielders Mark Mathias and Peter Van Gansen, outfielders John Schuknecht, Brian Mundell, Zack Zehner and Nick Torres, catchers Brett Barbier and Chris Hoo and pitchers Justin Calomeni and Casey Bloomquist.

Reed Reilly, Cal Poly's closer in 2014 with three wins, a dozen saves and a 1.71 ERA, stepped away from professional baseball nearly two years ago for health reasons but is expected to throw a few pitches in Saturday's game.

Three others are still playing baseball at Cal Poly and will be on the 2017 roster, They are pitcher Slater Lee, infielder Alec Smith and outfielder Kevin Morgan.

Finally, southpaw Matt Imhof, 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA for the 2014 Mustangs, is now an undergraduate assistant coach with the 2017 Cal Poly squad.

Others on the alumni roster slated to play Saturday include pitchers Jeff Johnson, Joey Wagman, Kyle Anderson and Jason Novi, who played on Cal Poly's first three Division I teams from 1995-97.

Armed with all four returning starting pitchers and 18 other lettermen off last year's squad which finished 32-25, the 2017 Cal Poly baseball team is ranked No. 22 in Perfect Game's preseason Division I college baseball poll and last week was selected by the nine head coaches of the Big West Conference to finish fourth.

Starting pitchers Jarred Zill, Erich Uelmen, Kyle Smith and Cam Schneider all return this spring along with catcher Nick Meyer, second baseman Kyle Marinconz, third baseman Michael Sanderson and outfielders Josh George, Kevin Morgan and Alex McKenna. Meyer was named Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year in 2016.

Cal Poly has finished in the upper half of the Big West Conference standings 12 times in Larry Lee's 14 years at the helm. He has guided the Mustangs to 455 wins, a dozen winning campaigns, eight 30-win seasons and three NCAA regional playoff berths.

Cal Poly plays 10 of its first 11 games on the road, opening the season with a three-game series at Cal on Feb. 17-19. The home opener against Stanford on President's Day, Monday, Sept. 20, starts at 1 p.m.