Baseball team drops four-game series to UC San Diego

By Christa Collins

The Broncos remained winless in California Collegiate Athletic
Association play after being swept by UC San Diego in a four-game
series last week.

The Tritons are first in the conference and showed it against
Cal Poly. Cal Poly lost 10-5 Thursday, 3-2 Friday, and 6-4, 2-0 in
a Saturday doubleheader.

Dark clouds hung in the sky over Scolinos Field Saturday as Cal
Poly hosted the doubleheader after playing games Thursday and
Friday in San Diego.

Even though the weather looked formidable, more than 200 fans
filled the stands as the Broncos took the field. The Broncos
started off on a good foot with junior Joshua Potter scoring one
run on a solid double hit by junior Frank Klopp in the second
inning.

Junior Ryan Screnar, the Broncos’ starting pitcher for the first
game, held off the Tritons until the fourth when Evan Dominic
scored on an error. The Tritons also scored in the fifth and sixth
innings, one unearned, bringing the score to 3-1.

Screnar retired to the dugout after the run was scored by the
Tritons, and junior Anthony Burns took the mound for the Broncos,
and rounded out the inningBoth teams came to the plate with bats
swinging in the seventh. The Tritons got two men on base with a
single and a Bronco error.

Senior John Fisher came in to pitch with men on first and third.
The Tritons scored two runs, one unearned, before the Broncos came
through with a double play and Garrett Imeson struck out.

Cal Poly also scored two runs with a series of singles. Senior
Andres Fernandez, freshman Joe Villa and junior Chris Wilson
singled. Junior Chris Brehm followed up with a single to bring
Fernandez and Villa home.

Senior Kyle Boggio kicked off the eighth with a shot to the
outfield, earning him a double. The next two Broncos at the plate
were called out on a grounder to third base and a pop fly to right
field.

Senior Jason Jordan, wasn’t about to leave Boggio on base,
however, and hit a single to bring him home. A strike out at the
plate ended the inning.

Another run scored by the Tritons in the ninth yielded another
switch up by the Bronco pitching staff, bringing junior Brandan
King to the mound.

Despite two singles by the Broncos in the ninth, they scored no
runs. The loss was the third in the series against UCSD.

The Broncos filed back into the dugout for the second game, this
time with only seven innings to attain a victory over the
Tritons.

Triton pitcher Derek Barham had other ideas, however. He pitched
the entire seven innings, allowing only five hits.

The Broncos were not able to bring anyone home despite having a
total of nine men reach base.

Junior Sheldon McGregor pitched six innings, allowing a home run
and one unearned run.

Tim Mort hit the homer, and Dominic picked up the unearned run
after reaching first base on an error, stealing two bases and
scoring off a double hit by Imeson.

Junior Sean Moreno came in to pitch for McGregor in the seventh,
and he was able to keep the Tritons from scoring again.Ashman is
taking these losses as stepping stones for creating a better team.
Ashman declared the pitching as the positive for the series, and
hopes to keep that spirit.

“We’ve got a lot of baseball left to play,” said Ashman.

The Broncos play on the road at Cal State Dominguez Hills
Thursday and Friday then bring the Toros back to Scolinos Field to
face off in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Baseball team drops four-game series to UC San Diego

Lucio Villa/Poly Post

Baseball team drops four-game series to UC San Diego

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