May 31, 2013
Cal Poly Makes Name for Itself
By Abbey Mastracco
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
LOS ANGELES —
It wasn’t exactly the introduction Cal Poly
expected, but it was the statement the Mustangs had hoped to
Prior to the first game of the Los Angeles
Regional Friday night, the Jackie Robinson public address
announcer confused Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with its Southern
California counterpart, introducing the team as the “Cal Poly
Nevermind the confusion, the Cal Poly Mustangs,
the No. 2 seed in L.A. this week, made their name known when
they defeated No. 3 San Diego 9-2.
“Pretty standard, Cal Poly not getting the
recognition that we deserve,” starting pitcher Joey Wagman said.
“Hopefully this performance will turn some heads and change some
It was a stellar performance by Wagman (13-3)
that helped the Mustangs (40-17) to a milestone program win, as
Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, not Pomona – earned its first-ever
Division I Regional win.
“Just to get the first win under your belt,
there’s times when you come out in the first game and you’re
very nervous and you are tight and it takes you a couple innings
to get everything going,” Cal Poly coach Larry Lee said. “We
were calm, and we were ready right from the first pitch.”
Wagman’s win was also a milestone, as he became
the first Mustang to win 13 games, passing Garrett Olson. The
right-hander went eight innings, giving up just a single earned
run and striking out three.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Wagman said. “You don’t
really imagine yourself breaking a record like that, especially
when it’s held by someone as good as Garrett Olson.”
PJ Conlon (9-1) took the loss for San Diego
(35-24). In a somewhat uncharacteristic performance, Conlon was
anything but sharp in just his first loss of the season.
“I kind of struggled with my command, and that’s
basically what I need in order to be successful,” Conlon said.
Conlon was charged with seven (six earned) of the
Mustangs runs and removed in the sixth inning when the Mustangs
blew the game open.
With his command wavering from the start of the
inning, Conlon gave up singles to two of the first three batters
of the inning and then issued two straight walks, giving Poly a
Michael Wagner was no more effective. With his
stuff flat, he proceeded to hit the first batter he faced, again
scoring another run. San Diego finally was able to get an out
when Kris Bryant made a catch in foul territory, but Brian
Mundell then ripped a single to left to score two and Wagner
faced two more batters and allowed two more runs to cross before
finally retiring a batter for the third out.
“He’s the guy that we wanted to go to put a
Band-Aid on that gash that was coming out,” USD coach Rich Hill
said. “It’s not really about Michael Wagner, it’s about Cal Poly
and what their hitters did. They got some pitches to hit and
they drove the ball.”
Cal Poly was led by Mundell and Jimmy Allen.
Mundell went 2 for 4 with four RBI and two runs, one of which
was a towering home run in the first inning. Allen had a big
game, going 4 for 5 and driving in two.
Bryant, the Toreros’ big hitter and the national
homerun leader with 31, went quietly going 0 for 3. In the
seventh, he nearly had a solo home run, but it was caught at the
“I strike out sometimes,” Bryant said. “I don’t
feel like I have to go out there every time and get a hit,
because I don’t.”
Action will resume Saturday afternoon at UCLA’s
Jackie Robinson Stadium at 2 p.m.