Nick Torres and Jimmy Allen each had two hits and an RBI to lift the Cal Poly baseball team to a 3-1 win over visiting UC Riverside at Baggett Stadium on Saturday night.
Torres singled to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the third, and Allen’s single in the seventh broke a 1-1 tie.
Matt Imhof allowed one run on six hits in five innings, but after a walk and two singles, left-hander Taylor Chris entered in relief and struck out the side for Cal Poly (30-14, 10-7 Big West Conference).
Chris walked one in two no-hit innings for his first collegiate win.
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With a runner at third base, two outs and the score at 2-1 for Cal Poly in the top of the eighth, Highlanders pinch-hitter Francisco Tellez grounded to third base. Allen threw to first baseman Tommy Pluschkell, but the initial ruling was that the throw pulled Pluschkell off the bag, allowing the run to score and tie it at 2.
However, Mustang head coach Larry Lee requested a conference of the umpires, and, after two minutes of discussion, the call was reversed, ending the inning and preserving the 2-1 lead for Cal Poly.
UC Riverside head coach Doug Smith was ejected arguing the call.
Denver Chavez had one hit and two runs, and Jordan Ellis’ two hits extended his hitting streak to 12 games for the Mustangs.
Devyn Bolasky and Clayton Prestridge had three hits each for the Highlanders (18-24, 7-10).
Cal Poly will go for the sweep in the final game of the series at 1 p.m. today at Baggett Stadium.
TRACK & FIELD
Cal Poly at Big West Multi-Events
Devin Bennett and Dominic Byrne finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the decathlon after the second day of competition in Northridge.
Derek Masterson of UC Santa Barbara won with 7,376 points.
Bennett set a personal record with 6,989 points after setting PRs in all five second-day events, including a win in the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 22.96 seconds. Byrne finished with 6,833 points.
Both Bennett and Byrne set a PR in the javelin, with Byrne winning at 190 feet, 3 inches and Bennett finishing second at 178-1.
Byrne also finished third in the discus at 128-6.
The two combined to score nine points toward the Mustangs’ team score at next weekend’s Big West championships.