SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly first baseman Brian Mundell hit a pair of 2-run homers and reliever Justin Calomeni was not charged a run over six innings of work to lead the Mustangs to a 6-4 win over Sacramento State in the series finale of the four-game set on Sunday. The teams split the series winning two game apiece.
Sacramento State (10-8) scored four times in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead but Cal Poly (6-11) responded with three unanswered runs. Hornet pitchers had thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings entering the game, with consecutive 2-0 shutouts, before Mundell hit his first home run and Cal Poly scored three times in the first inning on Sunday.
The first four Hornets reached in the fourth inning on three singles and a hit by pitch to chase Cal Poly starter Michael Gomez. Calomeni came in and allowed another single followed by a pair of groundouts that pushed across three more runs, all charged to Gomez, as the Hornets assumed a 4-3 lead.
The lead held until the fifth inning when Mundell hit his second two-run shot over the left field wall. With men on the corners and two away in the seventh inning Cal Poly's Zack Zehner was able to score from third on a wild pitch to pad the Mustang lead. In the ninth inning the Hornets got the tying run to the plate after a two-out single by freshman PJ Floyd but Calomeni got senior Scotty Burcham on a flyout to end the game.
Calomeni did allow three inherited runners to score but was otherwise brilliant, pitching the last six innings of the game without allowing an earned run with just three hits and one walk permitted and five strikeouts. Gomez was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk while facing four batters in the fourth but completing just three innings.
Sacramento State senior Ty Nichols allowed three runs over four innings, his first start of the year allowing more than two earned runs and pitching less than five innings. Senior Jake Stassi was tagged with the loss after allowing the second Mundell home run.
Eight of the nine Hornet starters had a hit in the game but there were no multi-hit games for the visitors and all eight Sacramento State hits were singles. Cal Poly also had eight hits but five went for extra bases, with Mundell finishing 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs and leadoff hitter Mark Mathias finishing 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
With a single and a walk Hornet junior Nathan Lukes has now reached base in all 18 games the Hornets have played this season and with a hit and an RBI sophomore Brandon Hunley extended his hitting streak to seven games.
The Hornets play the first of three scheduled games this season at Raley Field at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday vs. Nevada. Sacramento State will then open WAC play hosting Texas-Pan American for three games next weekend.