Apr 19, 2014 8:47 PM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly baseball team made a statement to the four-time defending Big West champions with a three game sweep. The Mustangs took control of the conference by winning three of three games against visiting Cal State Fullerton. Cal Poly beat the Titans 3-0 on Saturday behind a complete game shutout by sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist. The Mustangs beat the Titans, 8-0 on Thursday and 4-3 in 13 innings on Friday.
Bloomquist is now 9-0 on the season after pitching a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in front of 2,614 fans at Baggett Stadium. Bloomquist lowered his ERA to 1.36.
Cal Poly extended its winning streak to 10 games and improved to 34-5 for the season. The Mustangs are 11-1 in Big West play, a game and a half ahead of UC Irvine (8-1), which was playing out of conference this weekend.
The Titans had not been swept in a three-game series since LSU did it in 2011. The last time Cal State Fullerton was swept in a Big West series was in 2007 by UC Riverside.
The Titans have now lost five straight games, falling to 18-16 overall and 3-6 in the Big West.
Bloomquist only allowed one Titan runner to reach third base and retired the last 10 batters he faced including a strikeout to end the game. Bloomquist threw 71 of his 112 pitches for strikes in the quickest game in Baggett Stadium history, 1-hour and 54-minutes.
Sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias led off the bottom of the first inning for the Mustangs with a solo home run to left field. It was Mathias' first career home run, he went 1-4 in the game to drop his team best batting average to .404.
Cal Poly added two more runs in the fifth. Junior left fielder Zack Zehner led off with a single to left field and sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen tripled to right-center field, scoring Mathias. Van Gansen came home as the throw from the outfield sailed into the Mustang dugout.
Cal State Fullerton was held to three runs and 12 hits in the series as Cal Poly swept the Titans in a three-game series for the first time since 1973. The Mustangs hit .320 in the series, compiled an 0.87 staff ERA and did not commit an error.
Cal Poly is 23-2 at home this season and the Mustangs are 29 games above the .500 mark for the first time in their 20-year Division I history.
The series drew 7,847 fans, the second-highest total in Baggett Stadium history. The crowd of 2,831 on Friday was the fourth-largest for a single game while Saturday's 2,614 is number 5.
Cal Poly has just five home games remaining during the regular season, starting with a non-conference contest against San Jose State (12-28) on Tuesday night. The Mustangs beat the Spartans, 5-3 on February 25 in San Jose.
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