With its 3-1 win over Stanford on Tuesday at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, the Cal Poly baseball team earned its first win against the Cardinal in 10 years while also securing a winning season.
The hero of the night for Cal Poly (27-23) was junior Matt Jensen, who came into the game batting .200 on the season.
Jensen knotted the score at 1 with a two-out base hit to left-center to score D.J. Gentile, who had singled earlier that inning. Jensen later hit a 350-foot leadoff home run over the left-field fence in the fifth inning to break the tie.
Jensen finished 3 for 4 with a double.
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The Mustangs picked up an insurance run later in the fifth inning when Chris Hoo scored on a safety-squeeze bunt by Evan Busby.
Hoo and Gentile both recorded two hits.
Picking up the win for Cal Poly was lefty Kyle Anderson, who held Stanford to one run on five hits in six innings.
The Cardinal is now 46-6 against Cal Poly in a series that started in 1949, and 17-2 since the Mustangs moved to Division I in 1994.
Cal Poly will conclude the regular season with a three-game nonconference road series starting Friday against Cal State Bakersfield.
Sacramento State to Big West Conference
The Big West Conference announced that Sacramento State will join the league as an associate member in men’s soccer only starting in the fall of 2012.
With the addition, there will be eight men’s teams, allowing for the creation of two-division scheduling.
The Hornets will be in the Northern Division with Cal Poly, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.
The Southern Division will consist of Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine and UC Riverside.
During the past two seasons, Sacramento State was 23-11-10 overall, earned two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament titles and two wins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kirby hired at Cal Poly
Cal Poly announced that former Cañada College assistant coach Sam Kirby will be hired on in a similar capacity for the Mustangs for this upcoming season.
Kirby played for Mustangs head coach Joe Callero from 2005 to 2008 when Callero was at Seattle.
“As a player, he was a fierce competitor and a loyal teammate,” Callero said in a news release. “As a California native, he has a strong knowledge of the state and coaches at many levels. On the practice floor, he will be instrumental in helping to develop our young guards. In Sam, we’re fortunate to have another winner joining our staff.”
Kirby is replacing former associate head coach Mark Amaral, who left Cal Poly to accept an associate head coaching position at Pepperdine.Kirby also served two seasons as an assistant at Shoreline Community College in Seattle.