The Cal Poly baseball team scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, crushing hapless Northern Illinois, 10-1, Wednesday at Baggett Stadium to clinch the three-game series and improve to 13-3.
The No. 11 Mustangs got three hits each from first baseman Tim Wise and center fielder Jordan Ellis, and junior right-hander Danny Zandona struck out six in six innings for his first victory of the season.
Cal Poly added another run in the second before scoring five runs in the third against a Northern Illinois squad that dropped to 1-14-1.
Zandona gave up nine hits but didn’t issue a walk and combined with relievers Nick Suniga, Jearl Jesson and Bryan Granger to strike out 11.
Mark Mathias hit a two-run single in the first inning, and Wise and Jordan Ellis both drove in runs in the third before two bases-loaded walks and a throwing error accounted for the rest of the scoring in the frame.
Cal Poly’s Fierro headed to NCAA Championships
Sonny Fierro, a sophomore on the Cal Poly men’s swim team, was picked to compete in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships, USA Swimming announced Wednesday.
Fierro’s time of 15 minutes, 0.97 seconds at the Pac-12 Championships is a Mustangs school record and good for 22nd in the nation.
A total of 35 swimmers were picked for the event, including Olympian and top seed Connor Jaeger of Michigan at 14:34.19.
The NCAA Championships run March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.