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May 4, 2013 12:14 AM by Andrew Masuda

Stewart's pinch-hit home run backs Wagman, Cal Poly beats UCR 4-1

Elliot Stewart clubbed a pinch-hit, game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to reward Joey Wagman for his third complete game of the season in Cal Poly baseball's 4-1 win over UC Riverside on Friday night at Baggett Stadium.

The 24th ranked Mustangs ended a season-long three game losing skid and improved to 9-7 in Big West play and 29-14 overall. UC Riverside dropped to 7-9 in conference and 18-23 overall.

Wagman scattered 5 hits and allowed only one run in the third inning to earn the win. The senior struck out 7 and did not walk a single hitter. He improved to 10-2 on the season and became just the 14th pitcher in Cal Poly history to reach double-digit victories in a single season. Garrett Olson owns the school record with 12 wins.

UC Riverside starting pitcher Dylan Stuart kept the Mustangs' bats off-balance until the home half of the seventh. With Cal Poly trailing 1-0, designated hitter Brian Mundell launched a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1. It marked Mundell's ninth long ball of the season, tying Matt Jensen for most home runs in a season by a freshman.

David Armendariz followed with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by John Schuknecht. Freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen flaired a basehit to right to put runners at the corners. Head coach Larry Lee opted to pinch hit Stewart for starting catcher Chris Hoo. Stewart clubbed the first pitcher he saw over the left field wall for a 3-run home run, his 5th long ball of the season. Stewart's last five hits have all been for extra bases.

Wagman escaped a two on, two out jam in the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth.

Cal Poly recorded 10 hits in the game. Jordan Ellis, Nick Torres, Armendariz and Van Gansen had two hits each.

The three game series continues on Saturday at 6pm and ends at 1 pm on Sunday.

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