Allen Homers in 10th Inning to Lift Cal Poly Over Pepperdine, 2-1
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen drove the first pitch from Eric Karch over the left-center field wall for his third home run of the season, lifting Cal Poly to a walk-off 10-inning 2-1 victory over Pepperdine in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night in Baggett Stadium.
The game locked in a 1-1 tie since the fourth inning, Allen (pictured at right) came to the plate with two outs and the bases empty in the 10th and sent the ball 380 feet over the wall as the Mustangs equalled their season-long four-game winning streak and improved to 26-17 for the season with their first Tuesday win (1-5).
Pepperdine fell to 24-17.
Pepperdine scored a run in the third inning on a two-out balk with runners at first and third. Cal Poly answered in the fourth on Allen's sacrifice fly to right field.
Though both teams had plenty of opportunities, neither squad scored again until Allen produced Cal Poly's second walk-off win of the season with his dramatic blast. The Mustangs scored four in the ninth inning to beat San Diego State 6-5 on March 23.
Redshirt freshman right-hander Reed Reilly (4-1), the last of five Cal Poly pitchers used in the game, earned the win by pitching three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks with four strikeouts.
Karch (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing one run and two hits in 2 2/3 innings with two walks and a strikeout.
Mustang starter Bryan Granger gave up a run and three hits with three strikeouts in three innings. Waves starter Corey Miller tossed four innings, surrendering a run and four hits with three strikeouts. Neither starter was involved in the decision.
Pepperdine outhit Cal Poly 10-7, led by left fielder Floyd Given with a double and two singles. Second baseman Joe Sever added a pair of singles.
Redshirt freshman first baseman Tommy Pluschkell singled twice for Cal Poly. Allen's home run was the lone extra-base hit for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly, which ended a four-game homestand with Tuesday's win, improved its record in Baggett Stadium this season to 17-6.
The game featured numerous twists and turns, including several outstanding defensive plays, once the score was deadlocked at 1-1.
In the Pepperdine fifth, the Waves had runners at second and third with one out when Mustang shortstop Mike Miller threw a Pepperdine runner out at the plate on a grounder by Tony Cooper. The Waves went on to load the bases, but true freshman southpaw Matt Imhof struck out Given to end the inning.
In the seventh, Sever was at second with one out when Sam Meyer singled to right field. Sever was thrown out at the plate on a strong throw by Mustang right fielder Nick Torres and Meyer slid past second base trying to advance on the throw to the plate and was tagged out for an inning-ending double play.
Pepperdine also had runners thrown out at second and third trying to advance on sacrifice bunt attempts.
In the eighth, Given doubled but was thrown out at third as Mustang pitcher Michael Holback picked up a Wave bunt and fired to third baseman Allen, who applied the tag.
In the Pepperdine 10th, Pluschkell nailed a runner at second base on a bunt attempt. The Waves went on to place runners at first and third, but Reilly secured a strikeout and groundout to get out of the jam and set the stage for Allen's walk-off heroics.
Cal Poly loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Karch secured a strikeout to end the threat.
Pepperdine stranded 13 runners on the basepaths, including seven in scoring position. Cal Poly left nine on base.
The Mustangs return to action Friday with the opener of a three-game Big West Conference series at UC Davis.