By Marcelo Villa
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team won its first game of a
four-game series but lost the last three against No. 19 Chico State
this past weekend.
The Broncos split Friday’s doubleheader, winning the first game,
8-1, and losing the second game, 9-0. This preceded Sunday’s games
in which the Broncos lost both games, 6-5 and 4-3,
Due to rainy weather conditions, the second game of Friday’s
doubleheader was postponed in the seventh inning and resumed on
Saturday morning while the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader
was moved to Sunday afternoon and was limited to just seven
The fifth-place Broncos dropped to 7-3 overall and 1-3 in
Beginning Thursday, Cal Poly Pomona will face 10th-place Cal
State Dominguez Hills (4-7, 0-3) in a four-game series.
The first two games will be played at Scolinos Field on Thursday
and Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. and noon, respectively. The series
will conclude with a Saturday doubleheader at Cal State Dominguez
Hills, starting at 11 a.m.
In the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Broncos
struggled early to get on the scoreboard as they watched the
Wildcats bring in two runs by the fourth inning.
Eventually, the Broncos managed to tie the game, 3-3, in the
fifth inning when junior first baseman Chris Miller hit a two-run
single that scored senior center fielder Travis Taijeron and junior
catcher Jenzen Torres.
In the seventh inning, however, junior outfielder Cody Foster
scored the game-winning run after senior third baseman Adrian
Bringas doubled down the left-field line, giving the Wildcats the
4-3 lead and the eventual victory.
“As a team we need to have smarter and tougher at bats,” Torres
said. “We also need to work on our bunt defense.”
The opener of Sunday’s doubleheader started very similar for the
Broncos, who struggled to get on the board early before finally
scoring five runs in the third inning.
Taijeron hit a three-run home run over the left-field wall, his
second home run of the series, while junior shortstop Mike Santora
had two RBIs.
Despite the explosive offense, Chico State came back in the
seventh inning to take the lead and eventually won, 6-5.
The wildcats had 10 hits while the Broncos had nine.
The majority of Friday’s second game was dominated by the
Wildcats, who managed to get 17 hits off of the Broncos’ pitching
Inconsistent pitching and faltering offense led the Broncos to
their 9-0 shutout loss to the Wildcats.
Senior catcher Mike Neff commented on the toughness of his
teammates despite the losses.
“Guys on the team never gave up,” Neff said. “There isn’t
anything more you can ask than that.”
Friday’s series opener was a much different story for the
All nine batters managed to reach base at least once. Taijeron
went 2 for 3, hitting a solo home run in the second inning.
Head coach Randy Betten stressed consistency before the start of
the series with Chico State.
“As long as we continue to pitch well, swing the bats and play a
smart game, we should be successful.” Betten said.
Senior pitcher Casey Yokubaitis continued his stellar pitching,
allowing just five hits and one run through seven innings.
Junior pitcher Shane Philipps came on in relief and allowed just
one hit through two innings to close out the 8-1 victory.
Junior catcher Jenzen Torres believes the Broncos will be ready
for the next series.
“Our coaching staff will get us prepared for Dominguez Hills,”
Torres said. “We already played them in a non-conference game so we
know what we need to accomplish as far as preparing.”
At the end of weekend play, the Wildcats (6-1, 4-1) are third in
Marcelo Villa / The Poly Post
Baseball team wins one game, then loses three straight
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