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Apr 21, 2013 12:59 AM by Eric Burdick

Series is even after Titans beat Mustangs

Freshman right-hander Justin Garza preserved his unbeaten record with eight strikeouts over seven innings while third baseman Matt Chapman had three hits and three RBI to lead No. 4 Cal State Fullerton to a 10-5 victory over No. 16 Cal Poly in a Big West Conference baseball game Saturday night before 2,352 in Baggett Stadium.

Garza allowed four runs and four hits with four walks as he improved to 8-0 on the year. Willie Kuhl and Tyler Peitzmeier each pitched one inning in relief for the Titans.

With the win, Cal State Fullerton evened the Big West series at a game apiece and lifted its overall record to 33-6 and Big West mark to 9-2, two games ahead of second-place Cal Poly (26-10, 7-4).

Chapman produced a run-scoring single in Cal State Fullerton's four-run third-inning rally, doubled to spark a two-run Titan uprising in the sixth and doubled to left in the seventh to knock in two more runs.

Catcher Chad Wallach also had three hits and drove in two runs for the Titans.

Cal Poly was held to seven hits, including two each by senior second baseman Denver Chavez and sophomore center fielder Jordan Ellis. Junior left fielder David Armendariz added a solo home run in the third inning and freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell contributed a two-run shot in the fourth.

Mundell's blast, his team-leading eighth of the year, one shy of Cal Poly's Division I record for home runs in a season by a freshman (Matt Jensen had nine in 2009), pulled Cal Poly to within a run at 4-3, but the Titans scored twice in the sixth on a two-run home run by right fielder Greg Velazquez.

Chavez led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore right fielder Nick Torres, his Big West-leading seventh of the year, closing the gap to 6-4.

Cal State Fullerton sealed Cal Poly's fate with three unearned runs in the seventh and one more run in the ninth.

The loss went to Mustang sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof (4-2) as he allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Junior right-hander Michael Holback gave up the three unearned runs in the seventh and sophomore right-hander Danny Zandona allowed one run and two hits in 2 1/3 innings of work on the mound.

Saturday's crowd was the largest in six years at Baggett Stadium and the fifth-largest in the 13-year history of the facility. Cal Poly is averaging 1,306 fans for 21 home dates.

The deciding game of the series -- Cal Poly won Friday's opener 2-1 -- will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock in Baggett Stadium with Mustang sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger (5-3, 4.47 ERA) to face Titan sophomore right-hander Grahamm Wiest (6-2, 2.70 ERA).

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