Brian Mundell hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Joey Wagman pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts, as Cal Poly won the first game of a three-game series 6-3 against Notre Dame on Thursday in Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly (15-2) second baseman Denver Chavez was 2 for 5 with a triple and two runs scored, including one in the bottom of the first to give the Mustangs the early lead.
Notre Dame (10-5), ranked No. 17 by Baseball America, got one back in the top of the second and two more in the third for the lead.
The Mustangs put together a five-run third inning, highlighted by Mundell’s home run for the last runs of the game. Mundell finished 2 for 4 with the three RBI and one run scored.
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Wagman (4-1) retired 18 of the last 21 batters he faced, allowing three earned runs and seven hits and one walk total.
Sean Fitzgerald (1-1) was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits in 3 1⁄3 innings before Mundell’s home run chased him. Three Fighting Irish relievers combined to hold the Mustangs scoreless and allowed four hits for the rest of the game.
Mustangs third baseman Jimmy Allen was 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored, and shortstop Peter Van Gansen was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
The two teams play again today at 6 and wrap up the series at noon Saturday.