Casey Bloomquist struck out seven batters over seven innings for the Cal Poly baseball team in its 6-3 road win against Cal State Northridge on Saturday to earn his team-high 12th win of the season.
Third baseman Jimmy Allen led off the second inning with a solo homer for the Mustangs (44-10, 18-5 Big West) for his third home run in the series and fifth on the season.
Allen scored two other times after singling in the sixth and seventh innings. One of those runs was driven in by shortstop Mark Mathias, who drove in two total, scored once and had three hits, including two doubles.
Mathias raised his team-leading average to .383.
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Catcher Chris Hoo had two hits for the Mustangs, and Hoo scored on one of Mathias’ doubles.
Cal Poly never trailed and got on the board quickly when right fielder Nick Torres tripled in the first inning to drive in Mathias.
Taylor Chris came in to relieve Bloomquist in the eighth inning and gave up his first run in 27 innings against Big West opponents, but that was all he allowed. Chris struck out one while getting the final six outs.
Cal Poly will conclude the series and its regular season today at 1 p.m. against the Matadors (18-34, 6-14).
If Cal Poly wins today, it can clinch a tie for the Big West title. The Mustangs would be outright Big West champs today with a victory coupled with a UC Irvine loss.
TRACK AND FIELD
Big West Championships at UC Davis
Seniors Jamison Jordan and Chris Frias led the Mustangs to a second-place men’s team finish with wins in the 200 and 5,000, respectively, while Rachel Bush backed up her third-place finish in the 10,000 Friday with another third place in the 5,000 as the women finished sixth.
Jordan won the men’s 200 meters in 21.49 seconds and was second in the 100 (10.41). He was also on the second-place 4x100 relay (40.99).
Frias and teammate Nick Woolf finished first (14:36.25) and second (14:36.53) in the men’s 5,000.
The Mustangs added points as Devin Bennett finished fourth in the javelin (193 feet, 2 inches), Ricky Strehlow placed third in the triple jump (49-9) and David Williams was fourth in the 110 hurdles (14.22).
Long Beach State won the men’s team title with 218.5 points to 144.5 for Cal Poly.
In addition the Bush’s third place in the women’s 5,000 (17:23.85), Ashley Windsor and Elaina Cromer finished third (2:09.08) and fourth (2:10.57) in the 800, and Hanna Edwards finished fourth in the 1,500 (3:52.39) as the Mustangs totaled 69.33 points.
UC Davis won the women’s title with 194 points.
CCCAA State Championships
Cuesta’s Riley Cooks won the women’s heptathlon, posting a two-day score of 5,110 to top Taylor Coffelt of Riverside (4,837) at the state championships at Mt. San Antonio College.
Cooks was in second place after Friday’s first day but placed second in the long jump (18-51⁄4), javelin (113-3), and sixth in the 800 (2:36.09) to take the lead from Alexus Dalton of Cerritos (4,681), who fouled out of the javelin, falling to third place.
Cooks’ 5,110 improves on her school record of 4,808. She was second at last year’s state meet.
Morro Bay High graduate and UC Davis senior Matt Hansen shot a 2-under 70 at the NCAA Regionals in Auburn, Ala., during his final collegiate round.
As a team, UC Davis shot a 4-under 284, second to defending regional titlist Alabama (282), but the Aggies’ rally fell short, and they tied for ninth in the final standings.
The Crimson Tide won regionals by 22 strokes.