Cal Poly Roundup: Cal Poly baseball team beats Wagner for a 6-0 week

Mustangs off to their second-best 20-game start in Division I school history as they improve to 17-3 with strong pitching effort from Calomeni; also, Cal Poly wins twice in softball

sports@thetribunenews.comMarch 16, 2014 

The Cal Poly baseball team completed a 6-0 week at home Sunday with a 7-2 win over Wagner at Baggett Stadium.

The No. 11 Mustangs (17-3) got another strong pitching performance from freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni, who allowed two earned runs and four hits in 5 1⁄3 innings. He also walked four and struck out five, and four relievers combined to throw 3 2⁄3 scoreless innings.

Cal Poly, which is off to its second-best Division I start in school history through 20 games, never trailed, but only led Wagner 3-2 after five innings.

Chris Hoo’s RBI single in the sixth gave the Mustangs a 4-2 lead, and then Cal Poly put the game away with three runs in the eighth inning. Jimmy Allen, who was 3 for 4, hit a three-run triple to blow things open in the eighth. 

Allen also had a run-scoring single in the third inning. He is now hitting .346 after going 10 for 22 in the six games during the week.

Tim Wise was 3 for 5 Sunday, including a triple, and Hoo and Nick Torres both had two hits in Cal Poly’s 11-hit attack. Hoo drove in two runs, and Torres scored twice.

The Mustangs, whose best 20-game Division I start came in 1997 when they opened the season 18-2, are off until Friday when they begin a three-game home series against Cal.

SOFTBALL

Fresno State Classic

Freshman Sierra Hyland turned in two more shutdown pitching performances in leading Cal Poly to a 1-0 win over New Mexico State and a 3-2 win over Saint Mary’s on the final day of the tournament.

Cal Poly improved to 16-11 with the sweep and has won 11 of its past 14 games.

Hyland (13-4) was again a big reason why. Against New Mexico State, she tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and three walks in going the distance. Against Saint Mary’s, she scattered six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The only run against New Mexico State came when Hyland doubled to score Emily Ceccacci, who had tripled in the previous at-bat.

Against Saint Mary’s, Cal Poly scored in the second on a Betsy Colburn sacrifice fly, and after Saint Mary’s scored on a solo homer, Colburn hit one in the sixth for a 2-1 lead, and Ceccacci drove in what proved to be the winning run in the seventh on a groundout that scored Lauren Moreno, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

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