Feb 17, 2014 12:18 AM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly baseball team beat 21st ranked Kansas State, 10-1 on Sunday to finish off a three game season opening sweep. The Mustangs out-hit the Wildcats 14 to 4 in the win in front of 1,528 fans at Baggett Stadium. Cal Poly only allowed 11 hits during the three game series. The starting pitcher (Matt Imhof, Slater Lee, Casey Bloomquist) earned the win in each game.
Justin Calomeni will get the next chance to pitch the Mustangs to a win. The true freshman will start on Tuesday night at Santa Clara. Calomeni was 8-1 with a 1.07 ERA as a senior at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose last season. So far true freshman pitchers have done well for the Mustangs. Slater Lee allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings on Saturday and Nick Suniga pitched two shutout innings in relief on Sunday. Suniga entered with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth and only allowed one of the runs to score.
Santa Clara is 1-3 with two losses against Boston College to go along with a win and loss to Nevada. The Broncos were 14-39 last season.
The Mustangs will then start a three game series at UCLA on Friday. The Bruins are the defending national champions and handed Cal Poly one of its two losses in the NCAA Regional last year. UCLA won two of three games against Portland to start the season and will host Cal State Northridge on Tuesday. The Bruins earned a preseason top 15 ranking by all of the major national polls.
Cal Poly will likely find itself in the top 25 of the national polls on Monday. The Mustangs were ranked as high as 27 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll going into the weekend. A dominant sweep against a team that played in an NCAA Super Regional last season will likely register with voters.
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