Apr 27, 2014 12:44 AM by Cal Poly, Eric Burdick
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State scored six times in the first four innings and parlayed a 13-hit offensive attack into a 7-2 victory over No. 1/2/3 Cal Poly in a Big West Conference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Blair Field.
In giving up double-digit hits for only the second time in their last 12 games, the Mustangs had a nation-leading 12-game winning streak snapped and fell to 36-6 for the season and 12-2 in conference.
Long Beach State improved to 19-21 and 6-5, evening the series at a game apiece.
Cal Poly was held to just six hits in the game. Junior right fielder Nick Torres singled twice to extend his hitting streak to nine games and sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias singled in the eighth inning, keeping his hitting streak alive at 14 games. Mathias has hit safely in 31 of his last 32 contests.
Junior center fielder Jordan Ellis doubled for Cal Poly's lone extra-base hit.
Long Beach State's 13 hits included just one for extra bases - a third-inning double by shortstop Garrett Hampson. First baseman Ino Patron was 4-for-5 with two RBI while designated hitter Cameron Pongs had three hits for the second straight game.
Falling behind 6-0, Cal Poly scored its two runs in the sixth inning. Ellis doubled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Torres. Torres eventually scored on a passed ball, cutting the Dirtbags' lead to 6-2.
Long Beach State got one run back in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk.
Winning pitcher Josh Frye (4-0) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings with one walk and six strikeouts. Those two runs were the first the senior right-hander had allowed in 30 2/3 innings and Frye at one time retired 13 Mustang batters in a row.
Kyle Friedrichs hit one batter in the ninth but retired the other three to close it out.
The loss went to Cal Poly freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni (7-2), who gave up six runs, but only three were earned as a pair of dropped fly balls in the outfield led to three Long Beach State runs in the fourth inning. Calomeni struck out and also walked one.
Rubber game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (9-0, 1.36 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly. Long Beach State has not announced a starter for Sunday's game.
Cal Poly has lost three straight series to the Dirtbags and last won a series at Blair Field in 2009. The Mustangs have yet to lose back-to-back games this season and have won all 10 series of three games or more this season.
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