Mar 23, 2014 12:48 AM by Bill Halter
Cal Poly never led as the Cal Golden Bears won at Baggett Stadium, 8-3 on Saturday. The loss ends the country's longest current home winning streak at 18 games. The winning streak stretched back to last season. The 6th ranked Mustangs drop to 18-4 on the season while Cal improves to 11-10.
The Golden Bears had five hits and a pair of sacrifice bunts to score four times in the second inning against freshman pitcher, Justin Calomeni. Cal Poly scored two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias, stretching his hitting streak to 12 games, and a wild pitch. Both teams scored single runs in the sixth.
Cal Poly nearly pulled to within one run in the sixth, but with a runner at third and one out, senior third baseman Jimmy Allen grounded into an inning-ending double play. The throw from second base appeared to pull first baseman Nick Halamandaris off the bag, which would have allowed the run to score, making it 5-4, but Allen was called out.
Freshman left fielder Aaron Knapp, 0-for-8 in his first five weeks at Cal, hit a decisive two-run inside-the-park home run to center field in the eighth as the Golden Bears pulled away.
Lefty Kyle Porter (3-1) earned the win, allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Hildenberger earned his fifth save by pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit and no walks with four strikeouts.
The loss went to Mustang freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni (5-1) as he gave up five runs (four earned) and six hits in five-plus innings.
Cal Poly was limited to just six hits, including a single and double by sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell.
The third game of the series will be played Sunday at 1:00pm with Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (4-0, 0.99 ERA) facing Cal junior southpaw Michael Theofanopoulos (1-3, 3.80 ERA). The final game of the series is set for Monday at 3:00pm.
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