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Cal Poly Earns Split of Four-Game Sacramento State Series With 6-4 Win

Cal Poly Earns Split of Four-Game Sacramento State Series With 6-4 Win


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Junior first baseman Brian Mundell, in his first start in three weeks, produced his second career two-homer game while sophomore right-hander Justin Calomeni pitched six scoreless innings as Cal Poly defeated Sacramento State 6-4 on a warm Sunday afternoon at Baggett Stadium.

Mundell (pictured at right) smashed a two-run home run to left field in the first inning and duplicated the feat in the fifth as Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs gained a 2-2 split in the four-game non-conference series with the Hornets and improved to 6-11 for the year.

Sacramento State fell to 10-8.

Mundell, who missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, also had a two-homer game two years ago at Kansas State. He hit his first two homers of the season Sunday and now has 17 in his Mustang career.

Mundell's first-inning round-tripper gave Cal Poly a 2-0 lead and the Mustangs added another run in the inning on back-to-back doubles by senior right fielder Zack Zehner and senior center fielder Jordan Ellis.

After Sacramento State scored four times in the fourth on four hits, a hit batsman and a pair of RBI groundouts, Mundell powered Cal Poly back into the lead in the bottom of the fifth with his second home run, also to left field.

The Mustangs added an insurance run in the seventh as junior designated hitter Mark Mathias doubled and eventually came home on a wild pitch.

Sunday's game was the first this season in which Mundell and Mathias both were in the starting lineup. Both had two of Cal Poly's eight hits.

Junior shortstop Peter Van Gansen added a single Sunday and has reached base in 16 of Cal Poly's 17 games this season. Mathias has hit in all 10 games in which he has played this season.

Mathias missed the first seven games of the year due to labrum surgery, has been limited to designated hitter duties and could return to second base in two to three weeks. Mundell injured his hamstring in the fifth game of the season.

Calomeni, meanwhile, was taken out of the starting rotation this weekend after producing an 0-2 mark and 5.56 ERA in his first three Sunday starts. Freshman right-hander Michael Gomez earned the chance to start Sunday's series finale with a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in relief.

Gomez, however, gave up a run in the fourth and the bases were loaded with nobody out when Calomeni was summoned from the bullpen. Sacramento State managed to score all three runners, two on groundouts, for a 4-3 lead before Calomeni ended the threat with a strikeout.

Calomeni (1-2) went on to allow just two harmless singles the rest of the way for the win. He walked one Hornet batter and struck out five to earn his spot back in the rotation.

Sacramento State's eight hits were by eight different batters and all were singles.

For the series, Mathias was 7-for-15 with two doubles and one RBI. Van Gansen went 5-for-16 with a triple and an RBI. Cal Poly's staff ERA was 2.00 but the Mustangs were shut out by back-to-back 2-0 scores Friday and Saturday.

With Mathias (.429) in the leadoff spot, Van Gansen (.403) hitting second and Mundell (.400) third, the Mustangs have .400 hitters in the top three spots of the batting order. They combined for five of the Mustangs' eight hits Sunday.

Cal Poly, which has split 10 games after a 1-6 start, takes a break for Winter Quarter finals, returning to action on Friday night with the first of three games against 12-time NCAA national champion Southern California (17-3).