Long Series Goes Broncos’ Way

By Joshua Manly

The keys to winning for the Cal Poly baseball team have been
stringing hits together late in the game and avoiding playing down
to its opponent.

When the Broncos accomplish both of these goals, as they did in
their home-opening series against Saint Martins, they appear almost
impossible to beat.

The Broncos (6-4) won three of four in the series, losing only
the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We have so many new guys from [junior colleges] that are not
used to playing these four game weekends,” said head coach Mike
Ashman. “So they were a little flat. It happened to us in Utah last
weekend; by the second and third day they didn’t show up to play.
They are figuring out that you have to show up everyday no matter
who you are playing.”

Friday became a showcase for Bronco bats as they won 17-4,
jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the second inning after senior
right-hander Ryan Screnar gave up two runs in the opening half of
the first. Screnar allowed only six hits through five innings to
pick up his second win for the Broncos.

Junior designated hitter John Leonard led all batters with five
RBI on three hits, and three other Broncos picked up three hits
each in the romp.

Saturday’s doubleheader started in dramatic fashion. The Broncos
leapt out to a 3-0 lead in the second, scoring on a single from
senior second baseman Kevin Falls and a run given up on a bases
loaded walk.

The Saints rallied and tied the score at 3-3 in the eighth,
however, off a run-scoring double by catcher Ryan O’Neill and a
two-run homerun by second baseman Adam Siler.

However, the Broncos were not to be denied, and Falls came
through once again in the clutch with the game-winning double to
score sophomore Chris Wilson.

Sunday was also a battle for dominance at the plate. Both teams
had more than 10 hits against their opponents; however, a pitcher
proved to be the deciding factor in the offensive struggle.

Junior reliever Jason Jordan took over for starter Matt Lawhorn,
who was struck in the chest by a comeback single in fourth inning,
and struck out his first batter looking with runners on first and

Jordan went on to throw four and one-third innings for his first
win of the season, getting three strikeouts.

“I just wanted to get an out for us,” said Jordan. “Our guy got
hurt and so I threw the ball down the middle, let them hit it and
see what happens.”

Jordan is no stranger to pressure.

“I always tell myself the same thing: No situation is too big
and [don’t] care too much anything in particular,” said Jordan.
“Stuff happens good and bad, so it kind of helps me stay
level-headed and not get too up or down. I did get a little nervous
in one situation, but we got out of it.”

The Broncos got the go-ahead run on a double by Leonard to score
junior center fielder Mike Evola. Evola tied the score with a
double to left, driving in junior centerfielder A.J. Cavaletto who
had reached on an error.

“Yesterday we hit a lot of pop flies and got in trouble for it,
but today we were just focusing, the whole team, on line drives,”
said Cavaletto. “We are a good team; we just have to play above
everybody else’s competition.”

Joshua Manly can be reached by e-mail at
managingeditor@thepolypost.com or by phone at (909) 869-4713.

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Long Series Goes Broncos’ Way

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