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Apr 23, 2013 11:53 PM by Bill Halter

Mustangs Crush Cal

The 18th ranked Cal Poly baseball team shook off a two game losing streak with a 7-1 at Cal. The Mustangs exploded for six runs in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead and held on behind a solid pitching performance from freshman Casey Bloomquist.

Senior catcher Elliot Stewart and junior left fielder David Armendariz hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. Stewart's was a three-run shot, his fourth of the season. It was the third of the year for Armendariz.

Bloomquist (3-0) earned his third win in as many weeks by allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked three and gave up one run. Bloomquist also pitched into the seventh inning in his other two victories -- a 5-2 decision at CSU Bakersfield two weeks ago and a 7-2 win over Santa Clara last week. Sophomore left-hander Taylor Chris worked the final 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run or a hit.

Cal Poly scored an unearned run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Jimmy Allen, then broke the game open with its six-run third-inning rally, sending 10 batters to the plate.

Cal scored its lone run in the seventh on four hits and a walk. Shortstop Mike Reuvekamp knocked in the run with a double down the left-field line.

Cal Poly's 11-hit offensive attack was led by Stewart, Armendariz and sophomore first baseman Tommy Pluschkell, each with a pair of hits.

The Mustangs are 3-1 against Pac-12 teams this season, they won two of three at the University of Washington in March.

Cal Poly improves to 27-11 while Cal drops to 18-22.

The Mustangs resume Big West play with three games at Long Beach State starting on Friday night. Cal Poly is tied with the 49ers for third place in the Big West at 7-5.

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