May 11, 2013 1:49 AM by Andrew Masuda
Senior right-hander Joey Wagman's quest for his 11th victory of the season has been delayed another week as No. 23 UC Irvine parlayed 14 hits into a 7-1 victory over No. 22 Cal Poly in the opener of a Big West Conference baseball series Friday night in Anteater Ballpark.
Wagman (10-3), two wins shy of the school record set by Garrett Olson in 2005, entered the game with a .176 batting average against right-handers, but UC Irvine started eight right-handed hitters and they combined to go 12-for-26 against the Mustang starter.
Wagman, who allowed five of seven UC Irvine leadoff batters to reach base, walked one and struck out three in 6 1/3 innings.
With the loss, Cal Poly fell into a tie for fourth place with UC Santa Barbara in the Big West, both 11-8. The Mustangs are 32-15 overall, their four-game winning streak snapped, while UC Irvine, alone in third place, is 30-15 and 12-7.
UC Irvine scored twice in the first inning to take the lead for good. Cal Poly scored its lone run of the game in the second frame on back-to-back doubles by junior third baseman Jimmy Allen and junior left fielder David Armendariz. UC Irvine broke open the 2-1 contest with single runs in the third, fourth and eighth innings and two more in the seventh.
Besides the two doubles in the second inning, Cal Poly's only other hits in the game were a single and double by sophomore right fielder Nick Torres.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday at 1 o'clock with sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof (4-3, 2.34 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly against UC Irvine junior southpaw Matt Whitehouse (4-5, 3.33 ERA).
The series finale is scheduled for Sunday, also at 1 o'clock.
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