Cal Poly takes game 2 from Irvine to even series

May 11, 2013

ReillyCal Poly sophomore left hander Matt Imhof allowed three runs over seven innings and closer Reed Reilly converted a six-out save to lead the Mustangs to a 4-3 victory in game two of a weekend series at 23rd ranked UC Irvine.

The 22nd ranked Mustangs returned from a 7-1 defeat Friday by scoring two runs in the first inning Saturday on a double by freshman designated hitter Brian Mundell and added two more runs in the sixth.


Keith Franklin, UC Irvine’s most vocal fan, promised a “rally fart” prior to the Anteater bats coming to the plate in the bottom of sixth. Irvine delivered three runs, but Cal Poly hung on to win 4-3.

Imhof retired the first 11 Anteater batters he faced and allowed just three hits over his seven innings of work. Irvine scored each of its three runs against Imhof in the bottom of the sixth after the Anteater’s lead fan promised a “rally fart.”UCI Flag

Reilly entered the game with a 4-3 lead in the eighth, and Irvine managed to load the bases with two outs. But, the Mustang closer induced a pop-up to get out of the jam and retired the side in order in the ninth to record his school record tying 14th save of the season.

Imhoff earned his fifth win of the year, and Irvine starter Matt Whitehouse took the loss despite allowing only two earned runs over six innings.

Heading into Sunday’s series finale, the Mustangs (33-15, 12-8) and Anteaters (30-16, 12-8) are once again tied in the Big West standings.

Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.