The Cal Poly baseball team moved up to No. 5 on Monday in the Baseball America poll, and then the Mustangs wrapped up a series win over Cal with a 16-8 drubbing of the Golden Bears later in the day at Baggett Stadium.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning, and after the Golden Bears (11-12) scored six runs in the top of the second, Cal Poly (20-4) responded with 13 runs in the bottom of the second to take control and win the series 3-1, including the final two games of the series.
Cal Poly, which also moved up one spot to ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, sent 16 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second. The Mustangs had nine hits, two bases-loaded walks and three hit batters in the inning.
Tim Wise was twice hit by a pitch in the second, Chris Hoo had a two-run double, and Nick Torres had a two-run single in the inning, which took 62 minutes to complete.
Remarkably, there was only one run scored — by Cal Poly in the seventh — after the second inning.
Cal Poly finished with 14 hits, including Torres and Jordan Ellis, who both had three. Allen and Hoo added two hits
apiece, Mark Mathias extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and Torres has hit in eight straight.
Michael Dingilian, Taylor Chris and Bryan Granger combined to throw 71⁄3 scoreless innings in relief and allowed four hits while striking out four and walking three. Dingilian, who was the second pitcher to come in in the second for the Mustangs, earned the win with 3 2⁄3 scoreless innings.
Hyland honored again
Cal Poly freshman Sierra Hyland, who earned both of the Mustangs’ wins Sunday, was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third time, tying the single-season program record for conference honors set by Anna Cahn in 2009 and 2010.
Hyland struck out a career-high 15 batters in Sunday’s 7-0 win over Dartmouth, tossing a complete game two-hitter.
She then came back to pitch the first four innings and earn the victory in a 7-0 win over Loyola Marymount, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.
Hyland also went 3 for 7 in the two games and had a run-scoring double and single against Loyola Marymount.
Hyland leads the Big West in ERA (1.78), strikeouts (159) and victories (15) as well as several other pitching categories.
Anuenue Spring Break Classic
It was a rough first day for Cal Poly at The Bay Course in Kapalua, Hawaii, as the Mustangs are 13th after the first day with a 29-over 317.
Madison Hirsch is the only Mustang in the top 30 as she’s tied for 26th with a 4-over 76.
Washington and Pepperdine are tied for the team lead at 290. UC Davis’ Betty Chen, Washington’s Ying Luo and Pepperdine’s Grace Na are tied for the individual lead at 70.
Hawaii 6, Cal Poly 1
Jurgen De Jager won his singles match 6-3, 6-3 to improve to 10-1 in duals this season, but that was the Mustangs’ only point in the road loss.
Hawaii ended a five-match winning streak for the Mustangs (7-9, 2-1 Big West).