May 18, 2013 12:36 AM by Andrew Masuda
A four run fourth inning and another solid performance by Joey Wagman and Reed Reilly resulted in a 5-1 win for the Cal Poly baseball team to open a Big West Conference series with second place Cal Sate Northridge on Friday at Baggett Stadium.
The 27th ranked Mustangs improved to 13-9 in Big West play and entered a tie for third with UCSB and UC Irvine. Cal Poly is 35-16 overall, while the Matadors fell to 15-7 in conference and 31-21 overall.
The Matadors scored first with a run in the top of the third inning against Wagman. But Cal Poly responded with four in the bottom half to regain control. The inning started with a leadoff triple to center by John Schuknecht. Denver Chavez drove him in with a basehit to right field. He moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Brian Mundell drew a walk to set up Nick Torres, who ripped a basehit to left that scored Chavez from second. After Jimmy Allen struck out for the second out, the Matadors opted to intentionally walk David Armendariz. Senior catcher Elliot Stewart made them pay by depositing a double down the left field line that scored Mundell and Torres to cap a 4 run frame.
Cal Poly added another run in the fifth inning on a double down the right field line by Torres with two outs that scored Schuknecht, who walked to lead off the inning.
Wagman earned his 11th win of the season, which is the second most in a single season in program history. He pitched into the eighth inning before he was replaced by Reilly. Wagman struck out 9, walked 1 and scattered 9 hits. Reilly struck out the side in the eighth and threw a scoreless ninth to preserve the win. The right-hander struck out 5 to give the Cal Poly staff 14 strikeouts in the game.
Cal Poly tallied 9 hits. Torres, Chavez and Schuknecht had 2 hits each.
The Mustangs and Matadors continue the series on Saturday at 1pm before the Mustangs' final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
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