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April 14, 2012

Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge Split Big West Doubleheader

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Senior southpaw Kyle Anderson (pictured at right) allowed one run and six hits over seven innings and Cal Poly scored five times in the fourth through seventh innings en route to a 6-1 victory over Cal State Northridge in the nightcap of a Big West Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Matador Field.

Cal Poly gained a split of the twinbill with the nightcap victory, improving to 21-12 for the season and 5-3 in Big West games. Cal State Northridge is 15-19 and 3-5.

Ryan Raslowsky's bouncing single over the head of third baseman Jimmy Allen knocked in the winning run from third base with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting Cal State Northridge to a 6-5 victory over Cal Poly in the opening game of the doubleheader.

Anderson (6-1) struck out two and also walked a pair, throwing 117 pitches. Michael Holback finished up on the mound for the Mustangs, striking out three in two scoreless, hitless innings.

After three scoreless innings, Cal Poly broke through for a run in the fourth on an RBI double by David Armendariz.

The Mustangs added two runs in the fifth on run-scoring singles by Mitch Haniger and Jimmy Allen, one in the sixth as Tommy Pluschkell singled and eventually came home on a busted squeeze play, and one more in the seventh on Allen's second home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.

Cal Poly scored its final run in the ninth on an RBI single by Chris Hoo.

The loss went to Cal State Northridge starter Alex Muren (5-4), who surrendered four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

Cal Poly's 12 hits included two hits each by Allen, Armendariz, Pluschkell and second baseman Denver Chavez.

The Mustang defense denied three Matador runs in the nightcap.

Left fielder Alex Michaels reached over the left-field wall to rob Cal State Northridge catcher Marty Bowen of a two-run home run in the second inning and Haniger threw Chester Pak out at the plate in the fourth inning -- his ninth outfield assist of the year -- as Pak was trying to score from second base on a single by Kyle Attl.

In the opener, Cal Poly, down to its final strike twice in the top of the ninth inning, rallied for three runs to overcome a 4-2 deficit and took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Cal State Northridge tied the game at 5-5 on a fielder's choice and sent the contest into extra innings.

The loss overshadowed a 5-for-5 day at the plate by Haniger, who had three singles, a double and gave Cal Poly the 5-4 lead in the ninth with a two-run home run to left field on an 0-2 pitch.

It was Haniger's seventh home run of the season, he now has 35 RBI and he produced his second five-hit game as a Mustang. The other was in the 2010 season finale against Cal State Bakersfield.

Allen added three hits as Cal Poly, playing its first extra-inning game of the year, outhit the Matadors 13-12.

Cal State Northridge scored three runs in the seventh inning to erase a 2-1 deficit and take a 4-2 lead. Attl doubled in one run and Raslowsky and Adam Barry both singled to knock in the tying and go-ahead runs.

Mustang starter Joey Wagman allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings with one walk and six strikeouts. He was not involved in the decision. Chase Johnson (1-3) took the loss, allowing two runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Louis Cohen (4-1) earned the win though he allowed three runs and six hits in four innings.

Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann 4-2, 4.01 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly against Cal State Northridge freshman southpaw Jerry Keel (3-1, 1.68 ERA).