College Roundup: Strong first start for Lee as he shuts down Kansas State in Cal Poly baseball victory

Freshman goes 6 1⁄3 strong innings in his first collegiate start in the Mustangs’ 5-2 win

sports@thetribunenews.comFebruary 15, 2014 

Freshman pitcher Slater Lee dazzled in his collegiate debut, Nick Torres logged four hits, and the Cal Poly baseball team clinched a series victory over No. 22 Kansas State with a 5-2 victory at Baggett Stadium on Saturday. 

Lee allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven in 61⁄3 innings to earn the victory a day after staff ace Matt Imhof tied the single-game Division I program record with 14 strikeouts in a 3-0 victory. 

Of his five at-bats, all four of Torres’ hits were singles. He also scored a run and stole a base. 

Jordan Ellis was 3 for 5 with an RBI and a steal, and Jimmy Allen was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Though the Wildcats struck first with a run in the fourth inning against Lee, the Mustangs took the lead with a three-run rally in the sixth. 

Allen drove in Ellis with an RBI single, Mark Mathias hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Brian Mundell, and Chris Hoo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. 

Cal Poly reliever Reed Reilly came in to strike out Blair DeBord on three pitches in the top of the ninth inning with two outs to earn his second save of the season. 

The series wraps up with a 1 p.m. game today.

Canada 21, Cuesta 16; Cuesta 6, Canada 3

Cuesta split a doubleheader despite sophomore David Belt going a combined 4 for 11 with seven RBI.

The Cougars (3-6) lost the first game in large part because of 10 errors but bounced back in the second.

In the first game, Nick Rutchyj had a solo home run in the third inning. Christian Priore doubled, and Clayton Schuler and David Belt both had triples.

In the second game, Myles Franklin singled in two runs for the Cougars in the first inning. The bases were loaded in the fourth when Belt doubled, brining in three runs. Belt had a single in the sixth to bring in Schuler.

Cuesta head coach Bob Miller earned his 301st win at the helm of the Cougars with the nightcap victory.


Pacific 8, Cal Poly 3; Stanford 6, Cal Poly 2

The Mustangs got out to an early lead, scoring one run in the first and two more in the second, but it was shortlived as the Tigers scored seven in the bottom of the second. Lauren Moreno had a game-high three hits, including a two-run single for Cal Poly (3-6).

In the second game, Stanford scored four runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the bottom of the fourth before the Mustangs scored two in the top of the fifth. Emily Ceccacci tripled in Moreno, and Kim Westlund would hit a sacrifice fly to score Ceccacci for Cal Poly (3-6).

San Jacinto 10, Cuesta 3; Cuesta 9, Rio Hondo 0

The Cougars got out to an early lead as Bre Ojala singled in Erin Pennington in the bottom of the first. 

San Jacinto tied the score in the top of the second, then opened up the game by scoring five runs in the fifth. Jeananne Ruck hit a home run in bottom of the seventh with Sarah Cox on base for Cuesta (8-4).

Against Rio Hondo, Victoria Roberts had a two-run triple as the Cougars rolled to the win.


Cal Poly at Husky Classic

The Mustangs were led by sophomore Kendal Nielson, who took second in the women’s triple jump in Seattle.

Cal Poly’s Daijah Joe-Smith placed 12th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.76 seconds. 

Ashley Bergstrom had a time of 9:56:05 in the 3,000, finishing in 12th place.


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