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Feb 17, 2010 6:34 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly slugger Jensen also counted on to pitch

Cal Poly baseball opens the season on Friday. This year, the man yielding the Mustangs' biggest bat may also be filling a different role.

Second baseman Matt Jensen returns for his sophomore year. He posted a .375 batting average last year with nine home runs and 53 RBI until a broken collarbone sidelined him for the final few weeks of the season.

Matt is back at 100 percent this year. On top of hitting in the middle of the lineup, head coach Larry Lee says he also plans to use Matt as a relief pitcher.
Ideally, coach Lee said Jensen would close out games so he could move directly from second base to finish the game on the mound.

"Matt has upper 80's fastball, mid to upper 70's slider and a real good change up. So he's got three different velocities," said Lee. "He hasn't pitched in a real game situation since his senior year in high school. But I just think he's needed."

Coach Lee said he first started recruiting Matt in high school as a pitcher only to see his skills as a hitter and second baseman. Lee said Frankie Reed and Mark DeVincenzi will also play big roles out of the bullpen.

Cal Poly opens the season Friday in Baggett Stadium at 6 pm against USC.

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