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May 21, 2014 9:33 PM by Matt SantaMaria

Legends in the Making: Casey Bloomquist

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Casey Bloomquist enjoyed a solid freshman season for Cal Poly in 2013. The Bakersfield native was 5-2 with an ERA around five.

Still, few could have expected Bloomquist's progression into one of the best pitchers in the nation this season.

"I felt like I was going to be alright this year, just because I knew what to expect," said Bloomquist, who spent the final few weeks of 2013 as Cal Poly's Sunday starter, "but I'm not sure I expected the season to go this well."

Bloomquist has 12 wins this season, which is tied for the most in college baseball. His 1.60 ERA is the best among Cal Poly starters and the second best in the Big West conference.

"(Bloomquist) has been debatably our MVP this year," said junior outfielder Nick Torres, "every time we go into a series either needing a win, whether it's for a sweep or a series win we know that we can count on him."

As for pitching in the shadow of Matt Imhof - who could be a first round pick in next month's major league draft - Bloomquist is fine just being a part of a one-two punch that will be tough to knockout come NCAA regionals.

"He sets the tone for the weekend. It's his job to put us on the map and show that we're here to play and a force to be reckoned with. He sets the tone and it's my job to end it."

The NCAA's 64 team playoff field will be announced on Monday.

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