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Cal Poly Opens Final Series of Season With 12-5 Victory Over UC Davis

Cal Poly Opens Final Series of Season With 12-5 Victory Over UC Davis

DAVIS, Calif. – Junior right-hander Casey Bloomquist earned his 26th career victory and Cal Poly scored eight runs in the fourth inning and four more in the sixth to turn an early 1-0 deficit into a 12-5 victory over UC Davis in the opener of a Big West Conference baseball series Thursday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.

Bloomquist (8-2), 26-6 in his three-year Mustang career, breaking his tie for No. 4 with Mike Krukow on Cal Poly's all-time career wins list, tossed eight innings and allowed five runs (two earned) and seven hits. He secured his eighth straight win ater an 0-2 start with two walks and four strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Erich Uelmen pitched a scoreless ninth.

With the win, Cal Poly improved to 27-25 with its fourth straight victory and the Mustangs are 14-8 in Big West games, tied for third place with UC Irvine, which won at CSUN on Thursday. 

UC Davis fell to 28-26-1 and 7-15, losing for the sixth straight time. The Aggies started the year 18-7-1 but have lost 19 of their last 29 games.

UC Davis scored a run in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. Three singles, the last by center fielder Kevin Barker, produced the run.

Cal Poly wasted two hits and a hit batter in the first three innings before erupting for eight runs in the fourth. Seven of the runs were unearned because of a two-out error by Aggie shortstop Evan Heptig after Cal Poly tied the game 1-1 on Jordan Ellis' force play at second base with the bases loaded.

Two runs scored on the error and Cal Poly added five more unearned runs on RBI singles by Mark Mathias, Tommy Pluschkell and Peter Van Gansen plus a two-run single by Zack Zehner. The Mustangs sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, producing the runs on six hits, three walks and an error.

Cal Poly added to its 8-1 lead with four runs in the sixth. Ellis and Brett Barbier singled to drive in the first two and Ryan Drobny added a two-run single.

UC Davis tallied four runs in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by Austin March, a run-scoring single by Tino Lipson and two Mustang errors.

The loss went to UC Davis junior right-hander Max Cordy (8-5). Pitching on just four days rest, Cordy allowed seven runs (one earned) and six hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Zehner had three of Cal Poly's 16 hits while Mathias, Van Gansen, Mundell, Ellis and Pluschkell all added a pair of hits. Zehner, Ellis and Drobny each had a pair of RBI.

UC Davis' eight hits included three each by March and Barker.

Of the 24 hits by the two teams combined, there was just one extra-base hit – a double by March.

Second game of the series will be played Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., with Cal Poly freshman southpaw Kyle Smith (5-6, 3.81 ERA) to face UC Davis senior right-hander Spencer Koopmans (5-4, 3.54 ERA).

The series and season finale for both teams will be played Saturday at 1 o'clock.