No need to sound the alarm. A Big West school team not named Cal State Fullerton has broken into the top 10 of four major national polls and 11 in another. The Cal Poly Mustangs (17-3) are ranked as high as No. 6 by Perfect Game while Baseball America bumped the Mustangs four spots to No. 7. Collegiate Baseball and the National College Baseball Writers of America both rank Cal Poly at No. 10, an increase of two spots in both polls.
Cal Poly baseball has won seven straight and nine of its last 10 games, outscoring its opponents 46-17 during their current win streak including sweeps of Northern Illinois and Wagner. The Mustangs dropped a 15-14 heartbreaker to Seattle but ended up with a series win.
The Pac-12 Conference is getting a good look at Cal Poly in 2014 as well. The defending national champion, UCLA Bruins hosted the Mustangs in week two and although the Bruins took the Friday night opener, Cal Poly outscored the Bruins 17-1 over the next two games. The following weekend, the Mustangs and USC Trojans split a doubleheader.
The Mustangs are in the midst of an epic 18-game home stand and are practically unbeatable at home. It is undefeated this season with 10 straight victories and own a 17-game home streak, stretching back to last season. It is the second longest current streak in Division I baseball behind Western Carolina’s 21-game stretch.
A big part of what makes Cal Poly squad so tough is its pitching rotation. Junior left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof (4-1), a Fremont, Calif. native has struck out 55 batters in his five games including fanning 14 batters on two separate occasions and a career-high 15 against Seattle on March 7. Imhof was named Big West Pitcher of the Week and named to Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week for the third time in five weeks.
Freshman phenom Justin Calomeni and super soph Casey Bloomquist are a combined 9-0 and Bloomquist’s ERA of 0.99 is second best in the Big West Conference.
Solid hitting by junior outfielder, Nick Torrez has paced the Mustangs with a team-leading four home runs, 26 hits and 22 RBI. Senior infielder, Jimmy Allen’s 25 hits and 13 RBI coupled with sophomore catcher Brian Mundell’s 20 hits and 19 RBI make this Cal Poly team tops in the Big West Conference in runs, doubles and RBI.
Next up for Cal Poly is a four-game set hosting the California Golden Bears prior to starting conference play against UC Davis on March 28.