By Eric Carlstrom
Despite losing its first six contests, a trip to Arizona saw the
baseball team’s fortune change quickly.
Cal Poly (3-6) swept a doubleheader from Grand Canyon Saturday
in convincing fashion. Sunday, the Broncos continued with a 9-7
In the first game, senior A.J. Cavalleto was just a home-run
away from the cycle while he delivered 3 RBI for the Broncos. The
Broncos found themselves behind 3-2 entering the fifth inning
before finding their groove on offense.
The Broncos delivered five runs to take a 7-3 lead, added two in
the seventh inning and exploded for five more in the eighth
Senior John Daniels went 3-for-4 with two doubles, 1 RBI and
four runs scored. Juniors Ben Lebovitz, Josh Potter and Jeff
Ringholm each delivered 2 RBI for the Broncos.
Head coach Mike Ashman said a few changes in the batting order
helped the team settle down at the plate.
“We moved the line up around a little bit and got some
continuity going,” he said. “Overall we’re just having quality at
Sean Moreno got the start for the Broncos, but it was junior
Anthony Burns in relief who got the victory. Freshman Casey
Yokubaitis also saw time in relief, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings
with two strikeouts.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, it was senior Kyle Boggio,
Ringholm and junior Chris Wilson who delivered the 3-1 victory.
Boggio got the Broncos on the board in the first when his double
scored Cavalleto, who led off with a single. In the fourth it was a
single by Ringholm that scored Potter, and Wilson delivered a
run-scoring single in the sixth.
Junior Brandon Mozley threw five solid innings, allowing only
one run for the win.
“Mozley was outstanding, Brandon King delivered a huge inning
and Hunter once again got the save for us,” Ashman said. Sunday,
the excitement continued after the Broncos gave up the lead in the
seventh inning, tied it in the ninth and won it in the tenth.
Potter hit a two-run home run to tie the game at seven, and
Boggio drove in a run to give the Broncos the lead.
“Hunter got the save for us again, our whole bullpen has just
been great,” Ashman said.
The Broncos return to action on the road Friday against Sonoma
State when they open play in the California Collegiate Athletic
“Sonoma is a very good team, they can pitch very well,” Ashman
said. “But once this team gets its pitching squared away, I think
we can compete with anyone.”
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Baseball team sweeps Antelopes for first wins of season
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