The Cal Poly baseball team started off its final regular season series with an 8-4 win at Pacific on Thursday.
With their eyes set on trying to gain the second NCAA regional berth in program history, the Mustangs (38-16, 16-9 Big West) didn’t let up against the Tigers.
Pacific (14-38, 6-19), however, did give Cal Poly a test to start the game.
Starter Joey Wagman gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and another in the second to fall behind 4-1 through the first two frames.
But the Mustangs responded in the third. Denver Chavez started the inning off with a triple, Jordan Ellis brought him home on a single, and then Nick Torres belted a two-run home run to tie the score at 4.
In the fourth, Ellis brought in a run with a double to left-center, and Cal Poly added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles from David Armendariz and Jimmy Allen to put the Mustangs up 7-4.
Cal Poly then scored an unearned run in the ninth to give Wagman a school-record-tying 12th win of the year. The Mustangs also matched the Division I program record for wins in a season with 38, tying Cal Poly’s 2004 campaign.
Torres went 3 for 4 with three RBI, Ellis went 3 for 5 with two RBI, and Allen went 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Wagman (12-3) pitched eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
Matt Imhof, who has a 6-3 record this year with a 2.49 ERA will take the mound for the Mustangs in the second game of the series.
TRACK AND FIELD
Former Mission Prep standout Jordan Hasay failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the women’s 10,000-meter run during the first of three days of preliminaries at Austin, Texas.
The Oregon senior posted the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history when she ran a school-record 32 minutes, 6.64 seconds at a meet at Stanford earlier this season.
But she struggled Thursday in the heat and humidity, finishing in 18th place in 35:51.20. The top 12 finishers qualified for the NCAA meet June 5-8 at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
“I was really feeling the heat out there early in the race, and when the leaders made their break, for whatever reason, I just didn’t have any legs,” Hasay said in a news release. “I’m obviously disappointed, but I’m going to focus on the 5K, and do whatever I can for my team.”
The 5,000 semifinals are Saturday, and Oregon needs Hasay to qualify in that event as the Ducks try and win their first NCAA team title since 1985.
Hasay was fourth in the 5,000 at the 2011 meet.
Cal Poly’s David Namnath advanced in the men’s 400 hurdles to today’s quarterfinals when he finished 19th overall in 51.74 seconds. He’ll be looking for a top-12 finish today and an NCAA event.
Jamison Jordan finished the 100 in 10.63 for 40th place, and John Guerrero placed 36th after running the 800 in 1:50.99 for Cal Poly.
In the men’s 10,000, Sean Davidson finished in 20th (30:43.33), and Chris Frias finished in 29th (31:14.35).