Apr 13, 2013 1:33 AM by Andrew Masuda
Nick Torres launched a 3-run home run in the first inning and senior starter Joey Wagman threw a complete game to lead the Cal Poly baseball team to an 8-3 Big West series opening win over Hawaii on Friday in Baggett Stadium.
The 20th ranked Mustangs, who are opening a 7 game homestand, improved to 5-2 in Big West play and 23-8 overall.
Wagman allowed 3 runs, only one of which was earned, and struck out 8. He threw 123 pitches and earned his second complete game of the season and third of his career. He improved to 7-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.95.
Senior second baseman Denver Chavez, who has 7 hits in each of Cal Poly's last three weekend series, went 3 for 5 against Hawaii and scored twice. He raised his season batting average to .406.
Cal Poly sprinted out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Jimmy Allen singled to left field to drive in Chavez with the first run of the game. Sophomore Nick Torres followed with a 3-run home run, his sixth of the season, over the left field wall.
After Hawaii scored twice in the third, Cal Poly added a run in the fourth on a run-scoring single from Tim Wise and Jordan Ellis clubbed a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 6-2.
The Mustangs added a run in the seventh on a basehit from freshman first baseman Mark Mathias. Allen added his second RBI single in the game in the eighth inning to cap the scoring for the Mustangs.
Mathias, Allen and Wise each contributed 2 hits, while Chavez led the Mustangs' 11-hit attack with three.
Game two of the series is Saturday at 6pm with the finale set for 1pm on Sunday.
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