With two-plus innings left to play, Cal Poly’s baseball game was called because of dense fog Tuesday, giving the Mustangs a 6-0 nonconference victory over visiting Santa Clara.
Though the season-opener against Kansas State last month was affected by fog, Tuesday’s game was the first time one was halted and then ended by the weather condition since Baggett Stadium was constructed in 2001. Beginning in the early 1970s, Cal Poly played its games across town at SLO Stadium in Sinsheimer Park prior to the opening of the on-campus facility.
Freshman pitcher Justin Calomeni allowed just four hits and struck out six while walking one in six scoreless innings to earn the victory and improve to 3-0.
Nick Torres, Brian Mundell, Jimmy Allen and Chris Hoo each doubled for the No. 11 Mustangs (9-2). Mundell’s hit came in the fifth inning, when Santa Clara right fielder CJ Jacobe failed to see the fly through the fog.
Umpires briefly stopped the game to discuss the conditions with the coaches but decided to play on.
With two out in the bottom of the seventh, fog had only thickened and the game was called.
Mark Mathias, Torres, Allen and Hoo were each 2 for 4. Hoo drove in three runs. Peter Van Gansen was 3 for 3 for Cal Poly, raising his average to .286. After a slow start in which he hit .115, Van Gansen is now 7 for 9 in his past four games.
Though fog ended the game, Cal Poly did most of its damage while the skies were clear, scoring four runs in the second inning against Jacob Steffens, who started on the mound for the Broncos (6-7).
Steffens allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked none, but Santa Clara’s defense let him down. The Broncos had five errors to up their season total to 29 in 13 games.
Rory Graf-Brennen was the lone Broncos player with multiple hits. The second baseman was 2 for 3.
Danny Zandona relieved Calomeni in the seventh, allowing one hit and walking one while striking out three.
Cal Poly travels to face Seattle in a three-game series beginning Friday. The Redhawks are 5-8.