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Baseball Falls to Cal Poly, 9-1, in Season Openers

Jan. 31, 2003

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San Luis Obispo, CA -- Sam Herbert, Bret Berglund and Cory Taillon each had three hits and Tyler Fitch struck out 10 in seven innings as Cal Poly defeated Saint Mary?s 9-1 in a non-conference baseball game Friday night before 1,042 fans in Baggett Stadium.

Fitch, a senior right-hander, improved to 2-0 with seven scoreless innings on the mound. He allowed two walks and one hit -- a seventh-inning double by Saint Mary?s left fielder Sam Battle. Fitch?s 10 strikeouts is a career high. He had struck out eight twice -- in one appearance each as a freshman and sophomore.

Herbert and Taillon each had a double and two singles -- Herbert driving in a pair of runs -- while Berglund hit a solo home run leading off the second inning and also added a double and single. Berglund?s homer was his first collegiate hit. The freshman is a transfer from Arizona State, where he redshirted last season, and went 0-for-8 in the San Diego series last weekend.

First baseman Kyle Wilson added a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Mustangs, his 15th career blast, one short of Cal Poly?s top-10 list.

Cal Poly scored its nine runs in the first five innings of the game, including a three-run second-inning rally.

Saint Mary?s scored its lone run in the eighth inning on first baseman James Gaulke?s single to left. The run was unearned as Cal Poly committed a two-out error in the infield.

The crowd of 1,042 for Cal Poly?s home opener as well as head coach Larry Lee?s debut in Baggett Stadium was the third largest in the three-year history of the facility.

The two teams play again Saturday and Sunday, both games at 1 p.m. in Baggett Stadium. Friday?s game was the first meeting between the two schools in four years.



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