Mar 29, 2014 12:02 AM by Bill Halter
After an incredible non-conference that earned them a number 5 national ranking the Cal Poly baseball team started Big West play with a 7 run first inning and 8-0 win at home against UC-Davis. The Mustangs improve to 21-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Aggies fall to 12-10
Cal Poly had 12 at-bats in the first inning while scoring 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. The Mustangs added another run on a rare play in the 4th. Brian Mundell flew out to the wall in centerfield and Jordan Ellis was able to tag-up and score from second base.
Starting pitcher Matt Imhof took care of the rest, the staff ace pitched a complete game shutout. Imhof struck out 13 Aggie batters to recapture the national lead in the category. He entered one strikeout behind Brandon Finnegan from TCU but Finnegan only had 8 strikeouts on Friday night. Imhof gave up 4 hits and no walks. The only trouble he faced was when UC Davis got runners to second and third with one out in the 4th but Imhof struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Cal Poly had 8 hits including a 2 for 3 game from sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias. Mathias extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI double in the first inning. Ellis was 2 for 5 with an RBI.
The Mustangs and Aggies will play again on Saturday at 1:00pm. The game at Baggett Stadium was orginally scheduled for 6:00 but was pushed up because of expected rain on Saturday night. The teams will finish the series on Sunday at 1:00pm.
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