Mar 29, 2014 8:13 PM by Bill Halter
The fifth ranked Cal Poly baseball team overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat UC Davis, 5-3 on Saturday at Baggett Stadium.
Junior relief pitcher Taylor Chris pitched five, no-hit innings. The lefthander entered the game with two runners on and no outs in the fifth inning. Chris allowed one walk in the frame but stranded both runners. He didn't allow another base-runner the rest of the game while picking up the win to improve his record to 2-0 and dropping his ERA to 1.61.
The Mustangs improve to 22-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big West. The Aggies are now 0-2 in conference play and 12-11 overall. The teams will finish a three game series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Cal Poly was down 3-1 before UC Davis pitcher Max Cordy loaded the bases with three walks in the fourth. With two outs, Cordy committed a pair of balks to score two runs before Chris Hoo drove in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle. Hoo went 3-for-4, including a double, to lift his batting average 24 points to .284. Hoo is 14-for-37 (.378) with runners in scoring position this season. He's second on the team with nine doubles and fourth with 20 RBI, hitting in the ninth spot in the batting order.
Cal Poly added an insurance run in the sixth as Hoo doubled with two outs and senior left fielder Tim Wise tripled to left, scoring Hoo. Wise tried for an inside-the-park home run but was thrown out at the plate.
In addition to Hoo's three hits, Wise added a pair of knocks as Cal Poly outhit UC Davis 8-7. Junior right-fielder Nick Torres extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff double in the fifth inning while sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias extended his hitting streak to 16-games with an infield single in the seventh.
Cal Poly freshman pitcher Justin Calomeni started the game, he allowed 3 earned runs in 4 innings. Calomeni gave up 7 hits and a walk.
Cal Poly has won 21 of its last 22 home games and is 14-1 at home this season.
Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (5-0, 1.82 ERA) is set to face UC Davis senior right-hander Evan Wolf (2-1, 4.76 ERA) in Sunday's finale.
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