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Eighteen-hit offensive attack powers Cal Poly to 14-2 victory over alumni

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True freshmen Blake Wagenseller and Tate Samuelson combined for five RBI as the 2018 Cal Poly baseball team routed the ex-Mustangs 14-2 in the annual Alumni Game on Saturday inside Baggett Stadium.

Wagenseller, the designated hitter and left fielder for the Mustangs Saturday, belted a two-run home run in the first inning and added a bases-loaded walk in the seventh while Samuelson hit a pair of sacrifice flies in the first two innings for Cal Poly, which banged out 18 hits against an Alumni pitching staff with six current or former professionals.

Senior outfielder Josh George collected four of the hits, including a double, and scored three times while junior shortstop Kyle Marinconz singled three times and knocked in a pair of runs. Freshman third baseman Nick DiCarlo, freshman center fielder Cole Cabrera, sophomore Scott Ogrin and sophomore first baseman Jack Kuzma each contributed doubles.

The Mustangs scored early and often, jumping to a 9-1 advantage in the first four innings and never looking back. The outcome was much different than the last two years when the Mustangs were forced to come from behind for victories.

Last year Cal Poly scored seven times in the sixth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit and won 7-5. Two seasons ago, the Mustangs snapped a 10-10 tie with four runs in the seventh inning on their way to a 14-10 triumph.

The Alumni scored single runs in the second (Brett Barbier RBI double) and ninth (Elliot Stewart solo home run) innings and earned 12 hits overall. Connor O’Hare singled twice to lead the Alumni.

Starter Darren Nelson, another true freshman, struck out seven over four innings for the win, scattering seven hits with no walks. Taylor Dollard, Dylan Villalobos, Andrew Alvarez, William Adair and Matt Arens, all true freshmen, each tossed one inning in relief.

The stable of pitchers for the Alumni included current pros Slater Lee, Joey Wagman, Casey Bloomquist and Jeff Johnson and former pros Kyle Anderson and Danny Zandona.

Three current or former Major Leaguers attended the game. Logan Schafer singled in the second inning while Bud Norris and Mitch Haniger watched from the Alumni dugout. A nine-year Major Leaguers, Norris signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Cal Poly officially opens its 2018 season next Friday against Gonzaga in the first of four games to be played in the College Baseball Classic hosted by the city of Surprise, Ariz., at the spring training complex of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. The Mustangs also will play New Mexico on Feb. 17, Oregon State on Feb. 18 and Gonzaga again on Feb. 19, all game to be played inside Surprise Stadium.

-Provided by Cal Poly

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