Broncos win two, lose two against East Bay

By Mitchell Saltzman

The Cal Poly baseball team split its four game series against
Cal State East Bay, bringing its overall record to 22-23
overall.

The Broncos won the doubleheader’s second game as well as
Sunday’s game 10-6 and 13-8, respectively, and lost Friday’s game
9-8 and Saturday’s doubleheader opener 4-1.

The Broncos are seventh in the CCAA, with a record of 14-18 and
are 13 games behind first place UC San Diego.

Cal State East Bay is in 10th place, posting an 11-21 CCAA
record, and an overall record of 18-26-1.

The Broncos’ first win came during the closer of Saturday’s
doubleheader with a score of 10-6, thanks in part to the
performance by junior infielder Tyson Edwards.

Edwards went 4-5, with three RBIs and a home run.

“He did a good job,” said Head Coach Mike Ashman of Edward’s
performance. “When he uses all field, he’s an outstanding
hitter.”

The Pioneers struck early and late in the game, with the first
three of their six runs coming in the first inning, and the
remaining coming in the bottom of the ninth.

In between, the Pioneers had no answer for the Broncos’ offense,
which included a total of 13 hits.

Taking the win for the Broncos was pitcher Geoff Broussard, who
pitched a complete game, and improved his record to 6-2 for the
season.

Broussard gave up no walks and struck out four, while allowing
six runs and 11 hits.

The Broncos took away a 13-8 win thanks to homeruns hit by
sophomore catcher Jenzen Torres, junior outfielder Travis Taijeron,
and senior second baseman Marcus Makia.

The other two games in the series did not go as well for the
Broncos. Despite the losses, both games still featured some great
hitting and base running from the Broncos.

In Friday’s game, the Broncos came out strong when they led 7-2
in the eighth inning.

The game turned around when the Pioneers loaded the bases with
no outs, leading to a sacrifice fly that made the score 7-3.

A second fly ball to right field brought the count to two outs,
but the Broncos just could not put an end to an inning which saw
the Pioneers bringing in seven runs with four hits.

Junior outfielder Stephen Gonzalez led the team in RBIs,
bringing home three runs, while Makia and senior outfielder Robert
Palmer each scored two runs. Edwards hit the Broncos’ sole home run
in the sixth.

In the opening of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Broncos went down
4-1 due to their inability to mount an offense against junior Paul
Jinkens, the Pioneers’ starting pitcher.

The Pioneer pitcher threw 15 strikeouts and kept the Broncos to
only seven hits throughout the game.

The only Bronco run came from a solo homerun hit by senior
catcher Jordan Alcantar.

Next up for the Broncos is a series against Cal State
Stanislaus, with all games taking place in the Broncos’ backyard,
Scolinos Field.

The first game starts at 2:30 p.m.

Reach Mitchell Saltzman at: sports@thepolypost.com

Broncos win two, lose two against East Bay

**FILE** Chris Sloan/Poly Post

Broncos win two, lose two against East Bay

Broncos win two, lose two against East Bay

**FILE** Chris Sloan/Poly Post

Broncos win two, lose two against East Bay

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