The Cal Poly baseball team saved its best offensive output for its last conference game.
Already locked into third place in the Big West Conference prior to Sunday’s series finale against Pacific in Stockton, the Mustangs exploded for a season-high in runs while Cal Poly pitchers combined to shut out the Tigers (16-34, 8-13 Big West) in a 21-0 win.
The Mustangs (26-23, 15-9 Big West) slammed five home runs, four in the seventh inning alone, after combining to hit only 15 home runs in the previous 48 games. Cal Poly, whose previous high score this season was 11 runs (twice), also pounded out a season-high 22 hits.
Junior center fielder Bobby Crocker was 5 for 6 with two homers, a double, two RBI and scored five runs. After pinch-hitting and staying in the game at first base, freshman Tim Wise homered in his only two at-bats, driving in six runs.
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Jordan Hadlock was 1 for 3 and had the other home run.
On the mound, sophomore starting pitcher Joey Wagman (3-2) lasted seven innings and flirted with a perfect game early on.
Pacific’s Matthew Carvutto singled with two out in the fourth to give Wagman his first blemish.
Brian Martin singled one batter later, but those were the only two hits allowed by Wagman, who also struck out three and walked none.
Senior right-hander Eugene Wright pitched a perfect inning of relief, and freshman Chase Johnson pitching the ninth, allowing one hit and striking out three.
Mike Miller (2 for 3), Michael Hoo (2 for 2) and Mitch Haniger (2 for 5) each had multiple hits for the Mustangs, who led 8-0 going into a nine-run seventh inning.
It was a startling offensive contrast to the first two games for Cal Poly, which fell 6-1 on Friday and won 3-2 on Saturday and totaled just 10 hits in the two games combined.
The Mustangs wrap up their nonconference schedule with a trip to Stanford on Tuesday and finish the regular season with a three-game series at Cal State Bakersfield next weekend.