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Cal Poly Earns First Series Win of Year, Defeats Pacific 12-4

Cal Poly Earns First Series Win of Year, Defeats Pacific 12-4

STOCKTON, Calif. – Alec Smith's three-run double in the first inning and Peter Van Gansen's continued torrid hitting led Cal Poly to a 12-4 victory over Pacific in the middle game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Saturday afternoon at Klein Family Field.

Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs, 11-3 winners over the Tigers on Friday night, clinched a series for the first time this season and improved to 4-7 on the year with a season-high 18-hit offensive attack. Lee also picked up his 400th career win as head coach at Cal Poly.

Pacific fell to 0-13.

Cal Poly, which scored five runs in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth Friday night to wipe out a 3-2 deficit, erupted for nine runs on eight hits in the first inning Saturday.

Highlighting the uprising were Smith's bases-clearing double, a two-run double by Jordan Ellis and RBI doubles by Tommy Pluschkell and Van Gansen. The top of the inning took 28 minutes to complete and Cal Poly sent 14 batters to the plate.

Pacific slowly closed the gap to 9-4 with a run in the third inning and three more in the seventh, but Cal Poly answered with three in the eighth, the key blow a two-run triple by Ellis, to win by eight for the second time in as many games.

Van Gansen (pictured above) lifted his batting average to .469 with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, knocking in one run and scoring once. The junior shortstop is 20-for-37, a .541 average, against right-handers this season, has hit safely in 10 of Cal Poly's 11 games and has reached base in all 11 games.

Designated hitter Mark Mathias and center fielder Jordan Ellis both went 3-for-6 Saturday. Ellis knocked in four runs and scored twice while Mathias added one RBI and three runs scored. Mathias is now hitting .444 as Cal Poly's leadoff hitter while Ellis sports a .356 average from the No. 2 spot.

Like Van Gansen, Pluschkell also had a four-hit day at the plate Saturday, including a double. He knocked in one run and scored twice from the No. 9 spot in the Mustangs' batting order.

Smith added two hits, including his three-run double in the first inning, and scored twice.

The Sullivan brothers – Tyler and Brett – combined for seven of Pacific's 14 hits. Tyler Sullivan had a double and three singles, scoring twice, while Brett Sullivan was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored, producing one double and two singles.

Left fielder Louis Mejia added two singles and one RBI for the Tigers.

Freshman southpaw Kyle Smith (1-2) earned his first win as a Mustang, allowing four runs and scattering 10 hits over six-plus innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

Freshman right-handers Michael Gomez and Jarred Zill combined for three scoreless innings in relief of Smith. Gomez pitched two innings with two strikeouts while Zill closed it out in the ninth.

The loss went to Jake Jenkins (0-3), who couldn't get out of the first inning, allowing all nine runs and eight hits. His ERA jumped to 11.20.

Cal Poly has beaten Pacific 33 times in the last 44 meetings between the Mustangs and Tigers.

Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with Cal Poly to send sophomore right-hander Justin Calomeni (0-2, 4.00 ERA) to the mound against Pacific senior right-hander Michael Benson (0-0, 3.75 ERA).