Outfielder Bobby Crocker drove in six runs, and Joey Wagman picked up his first collegiate victory as the Cal Poly baseball team beat Pepperdine 12-4 on Tuesday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
With the Mustangs (2-2) leading 4-0 in the fourth inning, Crocker broke the game open with a three-run homer. He finished with three hits.
Wagman, who threw one inning of scoreless relief in the season opener last Friday, scattered six hits, allowing just one run in six innings.
The Waves (2-2) were shutout through the opening four innings and trailed 9-1 when Wagman departed.
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Cal Poly battered Pepperdine starter Alex Najera (0-1), who allowed seven runs in four innings of work.
Second baseman Matt Jensen added two hits, two walks and three RBI for the Mustangs.
Primarily a reliever in high school, Wagman threw 96 pitches, making him the fourth starting pitcher in as many games to throw at least five full innings.
A year after the starting rotation often times struggled to get into the late innings, Cal Poly’s starting hurlers have combined for a 2.95 ERA in 241⁄3 innings this year.
Cuesta College guard Roger Guardia joined former teammate Tom Schumacher as only the second unanimous Western State Conference Player of the Year selection in the conference’s history.
Guardia, who was a 2009 All-WSC honorable mention, averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game this season.Also claiming first team conference honors were forwards Seth Koenig and Xavier Mylleville and guard Christian Koutras.
Koenig, a former Templeton High standout, averaged 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds a game, while Mylleville scored 10.5 points and grabbed 9.2 boards a contest.
Koutras, already Cuesta’s all-time assist leader, averaged 6.7 assists to go along with 5.3 points per game.
Henok Yigzaw was given All-WSC honorable mention accolades, averaging 10.1 points per game off the bench and hitting a team-high 71 3-point shots.
Cuesta head coach Rusty Blair was named the conference’s coach of the year for the second consecutive season.
The Cougars (25-5, 11-1) earned the No. 7 seed in the Southern California Regional Playoffs and will host No. 10 Mt. San Jacinto in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.
Jarod Knight shot a 68, and Cal Poly climbed two spots to finish seventh on the final day of the Elco Invitational at the Seven Oaks Country Club.
Knight tied for seventh individually, carding a 2-over 218 on the par-72 course.
The Mustangs finished 31 shots behind Cal State Stanislaus, who had three golfers finish in the top 10.
Cal State Bakersfield’s Kyle Morrison claimed the individual title.