Sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell hit his fourth home run of the season, right-hander Casey Bloomquist stayed unbeaten in his sophomore season, and Cal Poly’s baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of Hawaii with an 8-3 victory in front of 2,644 fans Sunday at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu.
The Mustangs improved to 30-5 overall and 8-1 in the Big West Conference. Cal Poly is likely to move up from its No. 4 spot in today’s Baseball America poll, as all three teams ahead of it in the rankings lost over the past week.
Mundell hit a two-run home run as part of a three-run third inning to give the Mustangs some rare breathing room in a tense series.
Mundell and Peter Van Gansen had two hits and two RBI apiece for Cal Poly, which pounded out 14 hits. Nick Torres was 3 for 5 for the Mustangs, and Mark Mathias, Zack Zehner and Chris Hoo added two hits each.
Bloomquist (8-0) allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 6 2⁄3 innings.
Hawaii dropped to 14-19 and 2-7 in the Big West.
Cal Poly clinched the series with a 4-3 win Saturday that ended after The Tribune had gone to press.
Cal Poly 6, UC Davis 0
Freshman Sierra Hyland pitched a three-hitter with one walk and seven strikeouts to help the host Mustangs (22-16, 4-5 Big West) avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Aggies (14-25, 3-6).
Hyland went 2 for 3, including an RBI single. Emily Ceccacci added a two-run single for the Mustangs.
UC Davis starter and San Luis Obispo High product Andrea Reynolds pitched 3 2⁄3 innings. She helped the Aggies sweep Saturday’s doubleheader.
Cal Poly sixth at Big West tourney
The Mustangs carded a 21-over-par 313 team total in the first round of the Big West Conference Championships to sit in sixth place among eight teams at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Jamie Corr led Cal Poly with a 2-over 75, tied for 12th place. Also for the Mustangs, Madison Hirsch (78) is tied for 18th, Taylor Yoshitake (79) is tied for 22nd and Morgan Thomas (81) is tied for 26th.
UC Davis’ Bev Vatananugulkit is alone atop the leaderboard with a 1-under 72, and her Aggies are the team leader with a 294.