Mar 10, 2014 12:50 AM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly baseball team held on in the ninth inning to win the rubber match of its series at Seattle University. The Mustangs, ranked 9th by the website, Perfect Game, beat the Redhawks 2-1. The final out of the game was recorded on a play at the plate.
Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist improved to 3-0 with 8 2/3 shutout innings pitched. Bloomquist was one strike away from a six-hit shutout when Brock Carpenter reached base on a two-out error. Cash McGuire's double over the head of Cal Poly left fielder Tim Wise cut Cal Poly's lead to 2-1 and knocked Bloomquist out of the game. Sam Finfer rolled a grounder to second base against reliever Taylor Chris. Finfer beat out the throw to first but Austen Brand was thrown out at home trying to score from second on the infield single. Cal Poly first baseman Ryan Drobny's throw to catcher Chris Hoo was in plenty of time to get Brand and end the game.
The win earns the Mustangs a 2-1 series win and improves them to 11-3 overall. Seattle drops to 6-10.
Junior right fielder Nick Torres drove in both of Cal Poly's runs. Torres doubled to score Tim Wise in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the third. It was his team-best fourth home run of the season.
Bloomquist retired the first 13 Seattle batters he faced before Cullen Hendrickson doubled with one out in the fifth. Seattle had two baserunners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and one more in the eighth, but Bloomquist escaped from each jam.
Both teams collected eight hits. Torres and senior third baseman Jimmy Allen were both 2-4 for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly, which has played 10 of its last 11 games on the road, opens up an 18-game homestand Tuesday night at 6:00pm with the first of a three-game series against Northern Illinois. The Huskies are 1-12 after losing four straight games to 5th ranked Oregon State.
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