College Notebook: Mustangs baseball team ranked No. 3 in nation

Cal Poly (30-5) moves up to third in Baseball America poll, three other major national rankings

sports@thetribunenews.comApril 14, 2014 

Shortstop Peter Van Gansen, rear, has helped Cal Poly to a 31-5 start to the season, including an 8-1 mark in Big West Conference play.

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The climb continues for the Cal Poly baseball team, as another undefeated week resulted in a No. 3 ranking in four of the five major Division I polls released Monday.

The Mustangs (30-5) are ranked third by Baseball America, Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Cal Poly comes in at No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

The Mustangs went 4-0 this past week, starting with a nonconference win over St. Mary’s and ending with a three-game sweep at Big West Conference foe Hawaii. The three wins against the Rainbow Warriors improved Cal Poly’s conference record to 8-1 — tied for first with UC Irvine.

Virginia (30-6) topped the polls by Baseball America, USA Today/ESPN, NCBWA and Perfect Game, while Collegiate Baseball ranked Louisiana-Lafayette (34-4) as the nation’s top team.

The Mustangs head to CSU Bakersfield for a game today before hosting a three-game series Thursday to Saturday with Cal State Fullerton, which is ranked as high as No. 23 (USA Today/ESPN).

Mathias, Reilly take Big West baseball honors

Second baseman Mark Mathias and closer Reed Reilly were honored for their contributions to Cal Poly’s undefeated week when they were named Big West Field Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Mathias hit .412 from the leadoff spot, including three doubles, as the No. 3 Mustangs went 4-0 in games against St. Mary’s and Hawaii. Mathias has hit in 24 of his past 25 games and is batting .379 on the season.

Reilly recorded a pair of saves in wins over the Rainbow Warriors, including a three-inning performance in the series opener — a 3-2 victory.

Reilly then picked up his seventh save of the season in Saturday’s 4-3 victory.

Yoshitake, Thomas help Mustangs women's golf team bounce back

Taylor Yoshitake and Morgan Thomas posted second-round 75s to help the Cal Poly women’s golf team climb into a tie for fifth at the Big West Championships at par-73 San Luis Obispo Country Club.

Yoshitake is tied for 15th with a two-day score of 154, Jamie Corr is tied for 17th at 155 and Thomas enters today’s final round in a tie for 19th at 156.

The Mustangs and Cal State Fullerton both sit in fifth place at 625, trailing fourth-place Long Beach State by eight strokes.

UC Davis leads the team race at 591. Cal State Northridge’s Clariss Guce, who was the lone competitor under 70 on Monday with a 69, holds a three-stroke lead over three golfers, 143-146.

The final round begins at 7:30 a.m. today.

Mustangs down Titans in women’s tennis

Jennifer Cornea and Hannah Stone both won their singles matches before teaming up to win in doubles to lead the Mustangs to a road win over the Titans.

Cornea, a senior, and Stone, a junior, both took their singles matches in straight sets and defeated Camille De Leon and Morgan McIntosh 8-3 for Cal Poly (6-9, 3-5 Big West).

Kathryn Webb and the doubles pairing of Ane McPike and Emily Gibbens also claimed victories for the Mustangs, who host Fresno State on Friday.

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