Sophomore southpaw Matt Imhof won his seventh game of the year as the Cal Poly baseball team defeated Pacific 8-3 in Stockton on Friday.
The win gives the Mustangs (39-16) a Division I program record for wins in a season, keeps Cal Poly alone in second place in the Big West standings at 17-9 and gives the team its 10th series win in 15 weekends this year.
Imhof struck out four, walked two and gave up three runs — two earned — over six innings for the win.
Chase Johnson tossed a scoreless seventh, and Taylor Chris threw two shutout innings with three strikeouts to end the game for the Mustangs.
Designated hitter Brian Mundell hit a first-pitch home run to lead off the top of the ninth inning, his 10th of the season, a record for a Cal Poly freshman.
Denver Chavez and Jordan Ellis each had two hits and a run, Mundell was 1 for 4 with two runs and one RBI, and Nick Torres and Jimmy Allen added two hits apiece for the Mustangs.
John Schuknecht added one RBI, and Peter Van Gansen scored for Cal Poly.
The Mustangs broke open a 1-1 tie with four runs in the third inning and cruised from there.
Pacific added one run in both the fourth and fifth innings to get within two, but Cal Poly added two more runs in the sixth to put the game away.
The Mustangs have won 25 of their past 31 games against the Tigers (14-39, 6-20 Big West).
Brett Sullivan was 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI for Pacific.
Freshman right-hander Casey Bloomquist (6-1, 4.24 ERA) will get the start in the series finale for Cal Poly today at 2 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD
NCAA Track Prelims
Cal Poly’s David Namnath placed 23rd in the men’s 400 hurdles in Austin, Texas, running a time of 52.93 seconds.
The top 12 finishers in the event advance to the NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.
Cal Poly’s Blake Ahrold ran in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase but that race wasn’t finished when The Tribune went to press.
Competing today will be Oregon’s Jordan Hasay (Mission Prep graduate) and Cal Poly’s Laura Hollander in the women’s 5,000, and Cal Poly’s John Prader in the men’s pole vault.