Apr 26, 2014 1:48 AM by Bill Halter
Top ranked (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper) Cal Poly rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie as the Mustangs extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 6-3 win in Long Beach. The streak is the longest active streak in the country and improves Cal Poly to 36-5 for the season. The Mustangs are 12-1 in the Big West, two full games ahead of second place UC Irvine (8-1) who's game tonight in Davis was postponed by rain. Long Beach State drops to 18-21, 5-5.
The Dirtbags scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie it at 3 but Cal Poly quickly answered with a rally in the top of the eighth. Junior center fielder Jordan Ellis grounded out to first base, pushing across the go-ahead run, before junior right fielder Nick Torres got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and gave Cal Poly two insurance runs with a single to left-center field. Torres had 3 RBI in the game to lift his team leading total to 39.
Junior right-hander Reed Reilly (3-1), who relieved starter Matt Imhof with one out in the seventh, earned his third victory of the season, allowing two hits in 2 2/3 scoreless innings with one walk and a strikeout. Over his last 11 2/3 innings, Reilly has retired 35 of 40 batters and has allowed no runs and two hits with three walks and 17 strikeouts, earning two wins and a pair of saves.
Sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias had a single in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Mathias, now with a .406 batting average, has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games and sports a .454 average during the span (54 of 119).
Long Beach State scored two runs against Imhof in the first inning on a wild pitch and a single. Imhof allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with a season-high four walks to go along with four strikeouts.
Cal Poly bounced back with a run in the third and two more in the fifth.
Senior first baseman Tim Wise reached base on an error in the third and scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Hoo. In the fifth, Hoo was hit by a pitch and Mathias drew a walk. Hoo scored on a wild pitch and Mathias came home on a groundout by Torres.
Long Beach State tied the game in the seventh as designated hitter Cameron Pongs doubled and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Colby Brenner.
Long Beach State outhit Cal Poly 8-6.
The loss went to Logan Lombana (0-1) as he allowed the three runs in the eighth inning.
Cal Poly has won 18 of its last 19 games and 26 of 28.
The teams will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Cal Poly freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni (7-1, 3.40 ERA) set to face Long Beach State senior right-hander Josh Frye (3-0, 1.13 ERA).
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m.
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