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No. 22 Cal Poly Falls to No. 12 UCLA 5-2 in Series Opener

No. 22 Cal Poly Falls to No. 12 UCLA 5-2 in Series Opener

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Second baseman Luke Persico produced four hits, including two triples and a double, and James Kaprielian scattered three hits over seven innings as No. 12 UCLA defeated No. 22 Cal Poly 5-2 in the opener of a three-game non-conference series Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Persico knocked in one run and scored once for the defending national champion Bruins (4-1), who scored the first four runs of the game and never looked back. Kaprielian struck out nine and walked one to even his record at 1-1.

Cal Poly (4-1) was held to five hits by a trio of UCLA pitchers and mustered single runs in the seventh and ninth innings.

Sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell hit a leadoff home run in the seventh, his first of the year and 12th of his Mustang career. Brett Barbier's pinch-hit single in the ninth knocked in the other Mustang run.

Mustang starter Matt Imhof (1-1) struggled through five innings Friday, one week after striking out 14 Kansas State batters in seven scoreless frames. Imhof allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Danny Zandona tossed two innings, allowing a run and three hits, while Bryan Granger pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Cal Poly.

Cal Poly's five hits included Mundell's home run and two hits by sophomore infielder John Schuknecht (pictured above), one of them a double.

Second game of the series will be played Saturday afternoon with freshman right-hander Slater Lee (1-0, 1.42 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly, facing UCLA southpaw Grant Watson (1-0, 0.00 ERA).