Feb 23, 2014 9:13 PM by Bill Halter
Despite already playing six games against nationally ranked teams, Cal Poly is off to a 6-1 start and the Mustangs ranking will likely soar when polls come out on Monday.
22nd ranked Cal Poly beat 12th ranked UCLA for a second straight day and just like Saturday, it was a blowout. After winning 8-0 on Saturday, the Mustangs won 9-1 on Sunday to take the rubber match of the three game series against the reigning national champions. The Bruins are now 4-3, they beat Cal Poly, 5-2 on Friday night.
Junior right fielder Nick Torres and sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell combined for five hits and five RBI in Sunday's win. Torres singled three times, knocking in two runs, while Mundell added two hits, including his third home run of the series.
Cal Poly scored eight times in the first four innings. Mundell hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his third of the season and 14th of his college career. With a 5 for 10 series the clean-up hitter is now batting .455 for the season. Slightly better than Torres who bats in front of him and has a .448 average.
Left fielder Zack Zehner and catcher Chris Hoo added run-scoring hits as Cal Poly mounted a 12-hit offensive attack and limited the Bruins to just six hits.
Zehner, Hoo and third baseman Jimmy Allen all had two hits for the Mustangs.
Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (2-0) earned the win for Cal Poly. In five-plus innings, he gave up one run and four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Junior southpaw Taylor Chris tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with four strikeouts, while junior closer Reed Reilly pitched the ninth inning.
Cal Poly turned three double plays and played errorless defense for the third time this season.
The Mustangs won, 8-0 at Santa Clara on Tuesday night after starting the season with three wins against nationally ranked Kansas State at home. Cal Poly is outscoring its competition, 45-9 this season.
The Mustangs will play four more games on the road next week, visiting San Jose State (2-6) on Tuesday night and USC (7-0) for three games starting on Friday.
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