May 18, 2013 9:43 PM by Bill Halter
Denver Chavez was 4-5 at the plate while Matt Imhoff and Michael Holback combined for 17 strikeouts on the mound as Cal Poly beat Cal State Northridge, 6-2. The win is the Mustangs second in as many days against the Matadors, the teams finish their three game series at Baggett Stadium with a 1:00pm game on Sunday.
The 27th ranked Mustangs improved to 36-16 for the season and 14-9 in the Big West, one game behind the Matadors (31-22, 15-8). Cal Poly is now 23rd in the nation in Warren Nolan's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
Imhof earned the win by allowing just two runs (both on solo home runs) and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts. The sophomore left-hander is now 6-3 with a 2.49 ERA. Holback notched his second save by working 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, he allowed two hits and no walks with five strikeouts.
Sophomore right fielder Nick Torres singled to center field with two-outs in the third inning to give Cal Poly a 2-0 lead. The cleanup hitter leads the Mustangs with 43 RBI this season.
It was 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth when senior catcher Elliot Stewart hit a two-run homer, his seventh of the season. Chavez, the senior second baseman had an RBI single later in the inning to give Cal Poly a 5-1 lead. Chavez had four singles and drove in one run and stole two bases, giving him 17 on the year. His batting average is a team best .364.
Junior third baseman Jimmy Allen and freshman first baseman John Schuknecht each added two hits as Cal Poly outhit Cal State Northridge 12-8.
The Matadors got as close as 5-2 in the fifth but a Stewart RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth made it 6-2.
No Mustang team in Division I has been 21 games above .500 and Cal Poly has a chance to do that in Sunday's series finale. The Mustangs have won nine of 14 weekend series this season with four sweeps so far (San Francisco, Seattle, UC Davis, UC Riverside).
Mustang freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist (5-1, 4.58 ERA) will make his first weekend start Sunday, facing Cal State Northridge junior southpaw John Salas (4-5, 3.03 ERA).
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