Apr 4, 2013 9:07 PM by Andrew Masuda
Ranked as high as #17 this week, the Cal Poly baseball team returns to action Friday when it opens a 3 game Big West series at UCSB. The Mustangs took 2 of 3 from their rivals last month in a non-conference weekend tilt.
The Mustangs, who swept UC Davis last weekend to open conference action, are off to a 20-6 overall start. UCSB is 1-2 in Big West action and 14-13 overall.
A big reason for Cal Poly's early success is senior second baseman Denver Chavez. The Santa Barbara High graduate ranks second in the Big West with a .390 batting average. The Mustangs' leadoff hitter leads the Big West with 41 hits and ranks second with a.467 on-base percentage and 23 runs scored. Chavez has 13 multi-hit games this season and walked 11 times with just 7 strikeouts in 105 official at bats. On top of that, he has played flawless second base. He has zero errors in 117 chances at second base.
Chavez says he takes pride in both his offense and defense. He's thrilled to see his dedication and extra time at practice paying off. "Last year toward the end of the year I started to hit well and then I had a good summer and then fall I was doing well too. So I kind of felt like if I could stay healthy, keep my body in good shape, I had all this coming to me through hard work. So for me it wasn't a surprise, it's just nice to see it," said Chavez, who hit .277 as a junior with a Big West leading 17 sacrifice bunts.
Chavez admits he gets a little extra fuel in his fire when he plays in his hometown because extra friends and family will be there at UCSB.
First pitch on Friday is at 3pm. Saturday's game starts at 2pm and Sunday's finale is at 1pm.
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