The Mustangs won their second straight over the Huskies to take the series and improve to 9-1 while the home team dropped to 3-8.
With the score tied at 1 going to the top of the fourth, Elliot Stewart led off with a walk against Tyler Davis (0-1). After David Armendariz flied out and Chris Hoo popped out to first Peter Van Gansen got hit by a pitch and Denver Chavez lined a single to right center to plate Stewart for a 2-1 lead and send Van Gansen to third. Chavez stole second and Tim Wise walked on four pitches to load the bases. Allen came up next and roped a 1-2 pitch down the left field line to score all three runners and make it 5-1.
Nick Torres, who blistered Husky pitching during the series with a .455 average (5 hits in 11 at-bats), three home runs and seven runs batted in, made it 1-0 Mustangs in the top of the first when he followed a leadoff double by Chavez with a one out double of his own.
The Huskies came back to tie the game with their only run in the bottom of the first against Bryan Granger (3-0). Ray swung at and missed a third strike but reached safely on a passed ball by Hoo. He advanced to second on a sacrifice by Joe Meggs and took third on a bloop single to left by Robert Pehl. Brian Wolfe then drew a walk that would have loaded the bases, but a wild pitch on ball four allowed Ray to race home with the tying run.
After Davis eluded a bases loaded jam in the top of the second, the Huskies had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the inning. With one out Andrew Ely walked and Erik Forgione grounded a single to left, but Ely got thrown out at third on a perfect throw from Alex Michaels to Allen. On the play Forgione was able to reach second but the Huskies had only one runner aboard with two outs instead of a two runner - one out situation.
Despite walking four batters, Granger went the minimum five innings to earn the win, allowing only the unearned run on three hits. He struck out three. Davis got tagged with the loss, allowing five runs on five hits while walking two in only three and two thirds innings. He struck
Danny Zandona had a fine outing in relief of Granger, going three and two thirds scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out three. He would have earned his first save of the season had he got one more out in the bottom of the ninth but the Huskies would not go down to defeat quietly. With two outs pinch hitter Will Sparks pulled a double off the wall in right field and Ray lined a single to left to put runners on at first and third.
Cal Poly coach Larry Lee decided to pull Zandona in favor of closer Reed Reilly to face Meggs with Pehl representing the potential tying run in the on-deck circle. Reilly slammed the door on the Huskies, getting two quick strikes on Meggs and then retiring him on a grounder to second. He got his fifth save of the season and second in as many days.
After a day off the Huskies host Seattle University at Husky Ballpark in a single game on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. and then make their first ever visit to fourth ranked Louisiana State for a three game series March 8-10.
Cal Poly 5, UW 1
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