Apr 14, 2013 2:14 AM by Bill Halter
Matt Imhof struck out 11 batters as Cal Poly beat Hawaii 3-2 in front of 1,593 fans at Baggett Stadium on Saturday night. Imhof (4-1) matched his career high for strikeouts and didn't allow an earned run in 7 1/3 innings of work, dropping his ERA to 1.51 for the season.
The Mustangs were up 3-0 when Imhof issued a walk to San Luis Obispo High School and Cuesta College graduate Max Duval. Duval was 0-2 at the plate with the walk. Imhof then hit a batter with one out before Hawai'i second baseman Andre Real hit a long fly ball to left field that was dropped by Tim Wise for an error, scoring Duval. Reid Reilly came in and gave up a first-pitch sacrifice fly to third baseman Pi'kea Kitamura, making it 3-2. Reilly was able to get out of the inning and pitch a perfect ninth for his 9th save of the season.
The win was Cal Poly's second in as many days against Hawai'i, the Mustangs beat the Rainbow Warriors 8-3 on Friday night. The teams will complete the three game series on Sunday at 1:00pm. Cal Poly has won seven of nine weekend series this season. The Mustangs have won four straight games and are 24-8 overall, 6-2 in the Big West. Cal State Fullerton is the only team ahead of them in the standings, the Titans are 8-0 in the conference after beating UCSB, 10-2 on Saturday.
Hawai'i suffered its seventh straight loss, falling to 7-24 on the year and 2-6 in the Big West.
The 1-hour, 57-minute game was the quickest in the 13-year history of Baggett Stadium,
Cal Poly scored two runs in the first inning, senior second baseman Denver Chavez and freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell reached base with hits before a sacrifice fly by sophomore right fielder Nick Torres and a Hawai'i throwing error.
Another sacrifice fly by Torres in the sixth, one pitch after junior third baseman Jimmy Allen had tripled, gave Cal Poly its 3-0 cushion. Torres has a team best 29 runs batted in this season.
The Mustangs were out-hit 5-4 but improved their record in one run games to 9-3. The four hits were the second-lowest total by the Mustangs this season. The lowest was a three hit effort in a 2-1 win over Seattle on February 22.
Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger (5-2, 3.80 ERA) will start for the Mustangs on Sunday against Hawai'i senior right-hander Corey MacDonald (3-3, 3.38 ERA).
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