- Cal Poly sweeps Northern Illinois University and Wagner bringing their record to 17-3
- Coach Larry Lee and fans talk about what they see the Cal Poly baseball team bringing this season
- Cal Poly basketball on to the Big Dance for the first time in school history
Cal Poly takes infield practice as they prepare for their back-to-back series against Wagner and Northern Illinois University
Cal Poly executes the double sweep at home against Northern Illinois and Wagner
Cal Poly had a series of wins with scores of 4-2, 10-1, and 11-9 in their mid week series against Northern Illinois University on March 11-13 at Baggett Stadium bringing their record to 14-3.
With the win Cal Poly completed their second sweep of the season and has won 14 straight home games which is a record that started last season. They also have the fifth longest winning streak in the nation according to a press release on Cal Poly’s website.
“I am a huge Larry Lee fan,” said season ticket holder John Fleming. “This is the best program right here.”
Indeed it is one of the best in the country as Cal Poly didn’t stop with Northern Illinois as they went into the weekend series against Wagner with the same optimism and completed the sweep bringing their record to 17-3.
“We talk about handling adversity better than our opponents,” said coach Larry Lee. “The other team is always under the same conditions as we are it’s just you have to be able to handle it better.”
Cal Poly defeated Wagner with scores of 8-1, 3-1, and 7-2 on March 14-16 and continued their winning streak at home making it 17 straight home games that they have won rolling over from last season.
“You have an idea of how you think you are going to perform,” said coach Larry Lee. “But until you play outside competition, play the game for real you just never know. I did expect us to play that well but until the first game you don’t really know how your individuals and the team is going to respond.”
Cal Poly exchanges high fives with one another as they celebrate yet another win at Baggett Stadium.
What do opponents look like in the next 12 home games for Cal Poly?
Cal Poly continues their home stand through April 8 against a variety of opponents including league opponents UCSB and UC Davis. Let’s take a look at what other teams Cal Poly is set to face off against.
- March 21-24 vs. Cal at Baggett Stadium
- March 28-30 vs UC Davis at Baggett Stadium
- April 1 vs. CSU Bakersfield at Baggett Stadium
- April 4-6 vs. UCSB at Baggett Stadium
- April 8 vs. St. Mary’s at Baggett Stadium
Cal Poly basketball gets pumped up with their pre-game ritual as they prepare to face their opponents.
Cal Poly Basketball to go to NCAA tournament for first time in school history
According to a press release on Cal Poly’s website, senior forward and MVP of the tournament Chris Eversley scored a game-high 18 points for Cal Poly as they defeated fifth-seeded Cal State Northridge. They won in the final seconds 61-58 in the Big West championship game in Anaheim on Saturday night taking them to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
“As much as I wanted the basketball team to do well this season, they competed and won the games that mattered and I cannot wait to see what happens in the NCAA tournament,” said freshman Industrial Engineering major Alyssa Kondo.
Sophomore wing David Nwaba also added 17 points followed by freshman guard Ridge Shipley who scored 14 points to contribute to the win that made Cal Poly the first team in the 39 years of the Big West tournament to be the seventh seed and come back to win the tournament.
This is the third time that Cal Poly has been in the Big West championship game but lost in 2004 and 2007.
According to CBS sports, the conference tournaments allow for even the worst teams to have a chance to make an appearance in the NCAA tournament and Cal Poly did just that with their 13-19 record on Saturday night. They also managed to make the list of one of the worst teams to make it to the tournament record-wise.
The bracket for the 2014 NCAA tournament can be viewed here.
Hope everyone is looking forward to seeing where these two teams end up as basketball is coming to a close and baseball is just getting started on their runs to be championship teams.