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April 28, 2012

Cal Poly Clinches 13th Straight Series Against Pacific With 15-4 Victory

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior shortstop Mike Miller produced his first career five-hit game while junior center fielder Mitch Haniger and sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen each drove in four runs as Cal Poly clinched its 13th straight series win against Pacific with a 15-4 Big West Conference victory Saturday night before 1,119 in Baggett Stadium.

In compiling season highs for runs (15) and hits (18), head coach Larry Lee's Mustangs improved to 24-17 for the year and 8-6 in Big West games, climbing into a tie for third place with UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos fell 10-6 to UC Davis on Saturday.

Pacific dropped to 11-30 and 1-10. The Tigers have lost six straight and 14 of their last 17 games since sweeping a four-game series against Brown in late March and have lost 22 of their last 28 games against the Mustangs.

Cal Poly scored in every inning except the seventh, including a four-run rally in the fourth inning to break open a 4-1 contest and three more runs in both the fifth and sixth frames.

Senior southpaw Kyle Anderson (7-1) was the beneficiary of all the offense, scattering seven hits over six innings and giving up three runs with one walk and four strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Danny Zandona earned his first save with three effective innings in relief, allowing a run and three hits.

The loss went to Pacific starter Kyle Crawford (2-6) as he gave up three runs and four hits in two innings.

Miller hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, and added an RBI single in the fifth, a double off the top of the wall in left field in the eighth and two more singles, lifting his average to .352. He also contributed a sacrifice bunt.

Haniger belted his ninth home run of the year, a third-inning solo blast, and also contributed an RBI single in the fifth. He grounded out for another RBI in the sixth and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth. Haniger leads the Big West with his nine homers and 45 RBI.

Allen smashed a three-run double to the gap in left-center field in the fourth inning and singled in a run in the first, going 3-for-5 at the plate. With the bases loaded this season, Allen is 3-for-4 with six RBI.

Even sophomore catcher Chris Hoo and junior second baseman Evan Busby got into the act.

Hitting just .207 entering Saturday's game, Hoo hit a solo home run in the second inning, his first of the year, and a fourth-inning single, extending his hitting streak to six games. He has gone 8-for-20 (.400) in those six games, raising his average 36 points to .220.

Busby (pictured above) was in a 2-for-50 slump before he hit the first of his three singles Saturday, bumping his average up 32 points to .169. Busby knocked in two runs and scored three times.

Cal Poly is now 13-1 in Saturday games, 14-6 at home and has belted three home runs in each of its last two Saturday contests. The Mustangs beat No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 8-6 last Saturday behind home runs from Haniger and freshman outfielders Nick Torres and Alex Michaels.

Pacific's 10 hits included three by third baseman Curtis Gomez and two each by first baseman Erik Lockwood and designated hitter Daniel Johnston.

Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m., with Cal Poly going for its fourth series sweep of the season. Mustang junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann (4-3,, 4.81 ERA) will face Pacific freshman right-hander Mike Hager (3-3, 4.47 ERA).

Cal Poly beat Pacific 7-1 in the series opener Friday night.