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May 11, 2012

Cal Poly Scores Early For 6-1 Series-Opening Victory over CSU Bakersfield

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Mike Miller collected three hits, Tim Wise and Nick Torres homered and Joey Wagman allowed one unearned run in eight innings as Cal Poly opened its three-game non-conference baseball series against CSU Bakersfield with a 6-1 victory Friday night in Baggett Stadium.

Wagman scattered four hits, retired 11 consecutive Roadrunner batters from the second through fifth innings and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts as the junior right-hander improved his record to 7-3 on the year. He threw 103 pitches in eight innings.

Wagman (pictured at right), who has pitched eight innings, but no more, five times this season, also struck out 10 batters against San Diego State on March 23.

Michael Holback pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth with one walk and two strikeouts.

Cal Poly, which scored all of its runs in the first five innings, moved to 28-19 for the season while CSU Bakersfield, which swept the Mustangs in a season-ending three-game series a year ago in Bakersfield, fell to 19-24.

Miller, who has collected at least three hits in six of his last 11 games, went 3-for-5 Friday with a double and two singles, lifting his batting average to .356.

Torres led off the second inning with his fifth home run of the season to left field and Wise added a leadoff home run of his own in the third frame, a shot down the left-field line, his third of the year.

Wise and catcher Chris Hoo each had two hits as Cal Poly outhit CSU Bakersfield 11-4. Hoo also knocked in a run with a groundout in the fifth inning.

Junior center fielder Mitch Haniger contributed an RBI double down the left-field line in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Cal Poly's other run in the fourth came courtesy of a wild pitch.

Haniger has 53 RBI on the season, best in the Big West, and now has 126 career RBI, No. 8 all-time at Cal Poly. His 45 career doubles ties him with Adam Melker for No. 6 all-time.

CSU Bakersfield scored its lone run in the second inning as DC Legg reached base on a dropped fly ball with two outs and came home on designated hitter J.P. Maestas' double down the right-field line, the Runners' lone extra-base hit of the game.

The loss went to CSU Bakersfield starter Spenser Messmore (3-5), who allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings with three walks and seven strikeouts. He entered the game with a 1.83 ERA.

In last weekend's two-games-to-one series loss at UC Davis, only seven Cal Poly leadoff batters reached base in 29 opportunities (24 percent). Five Mustang leadoff batters reached base in eight tries (63 percent) Friday night against CSU Bakersfield.

Second game of the series is slated for Saturday night at 6 with senior southpaw Kyle Anderson (7-1, 3.08 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly against CSU Bakersfield junior right-hander Scott Brattvet (4-4, 4.39 ERA).

The series finale will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock in Baggett Stadium. The two teams also will play a fourth game Tuesday night at Hardt Field in Bakersfield.