Cal Poly Sports

Apr 13, 2014 10:16 PM by Bill Halter

Mustangs sweep Hawai'i, likely to rise in polls.

The Cal Poly baseball team beat Hawai'i, 8-3 on Sunday to finish off a three game sweep in Honolulu. The Mustangs beat the Rainbow Warriors on Friday, 3-2 and on Saturday, 4-3. Cal Poly beat St. Marys, 6-2 at home on Tuesday to start a 4-0 week. Overall the Mustangs are now 30-5, they're 8-1 in the Big West which ties them with UC Irvine for first place.

Cal Poly entered the week ranked #4 in the Baseball America and Perfect Game polls. All three of the teams ranked ahead of them lost this week. Top ranked Florida State (27-8) went 1-3 during the week. Second ranked Virginia (30-6) went 3-1 while #3 Louisiana Lafayette (34-4) went 4-1. The Mustangs opposition this week probably wasn't strong enough for them to jump Virginia or Louisiana Lafayette but they'll likely be ahead of Florida State when polls are released on Monday.

Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist earned the win for the Mustangs on Sunday to improve his record to 8-0. Bloomquist allowed 3 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings while allowing 9 hits and 2 walks.

Sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell hit his 4th home run of the season. Mundell parked a two-run homer to right-field in the 3rd inning to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead. Cal Poly had 14 hits as a team led by a 3 for 5 effort from junior right fielder Nick Torres.

Ahead 4-2, Cal Poly pulled away with three runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth. Sophomore shortstop Peter Van Gansen, 0-for-9 in the series before coming to the plate in the eighth inning, stroked an RBI single to give the Mustangs some insurance and doubled home another run in the ninth.

Bryan Granger relieved Bloomquist in the 7th inning, he secured an out before giving way to Danny Zandona and Michael Dingilian who each pitched a scoreless inning.

Hawai'i suffered its sixth straight loss, falling to 14-19 overall and 2-7 in conference games.

Cal Poly visits Bakersfield (14-19) for a non-conference game on Tuesday night before returning home to host four-time defending Big West champion Cal State Fullerton next Thursday through Saturday. The Mustangs are 20-2 at home this season.

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