Freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell hit three home runs to lead the Cal Poly baseball team to a doubleheader sweep at Kansas State on Friday, bringing the Mustangs’ record to 13-1 and continuing the best start in the program’s Division I history.
The first game was a slugfest, with the Mustangs emerging with a 13-10 win. Cal Poly took the nightcap 6-2.
In the opener, Cal Poly had 14 hits, including four home runs, three doubles and a triple. Tim Wise was 3 for 5 with three RBI, two doubles, a triple and a run scored for the Mustangs.
Mundell had two of his three home runs on the day, Jimmy Allen went 2 for 5 with a home run and two runs scored, and John Schuknecht had a three-run home run for Cal Poly.
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Joey Wagman struck out eight and gave up six runs — five earned — on seven hits in 5 1⁄3 innings for the win.
In the nightcap, Cal Poly again scored late, with four runs in the top of the eighth, including a three-run shot over the left-field wall by Mundell to give the Mustangs a 6-2 victory and the series win over the Wildcats (8-5).
Michael Holback picked up the win in relief for the Mustangs, his second of the year, when he gave up one run on three hits and struck out four over three innings.
Denver Chavez was 2 for 5 with an RBI, and Allen was 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored for Cal Poly, which will complete the three-game series today at noon, weather permitting.
Cal Poly sweeps
The Mustangs won both of their games in the first day of their Mustang Classic tournament, defeating Rutgers 3-2 before rallying for a 6-3 win over Northern Illinois.
Both the Scarlet Knights (6-6) and the Huskies (6-8) scored all of their runs in the first inning before being shut out over the next six by Cal Poly.
Chloe Wurst struck out seven and gave up two runs on four hits in the complete-game win against Rutgers.
Cami Brown was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Mustangs, who stranded 11 runners.
Against Northern Illinois, Cal Poly’s Jordan Yates gave up three runs on three hits and recorded just two outs in the first inning before giving way to Nicole Innamorato, who pitched 6 1⁄3 shutout innings, striking out three and giving up three hits in the win.
Lauren Moreno was 1 for 3 with an RBI triple and two runs scored for the Mustangs, and Celina Lafrades was 1 for 3 with two RBI for Cal Poly.