By Fredy Ramirez
Bronco baseball dropped both games of a double header Saturday to Stanislaus State, losing 14-7 and 4-2.
Errors killed the Broncos in both games committing 10 in total. The Warriors capitalized on these mistakes as they scored 18 runs combined in both games.
Cal Poly Pomona had six errors in the first game and fell behind early after allowing three runs in the first inning. They battled back and scored three runs of their own in the second inning only to lose the lead for good after a five-run fourth inning from the Warriors.
“We are a pitching- and defense-oriented team,” said Head Coach Randy Betten. “When you give them 10 extra base runners, that is really going to hurt you.”
The Broncos do not excel in games where they trail for more than a few innings. Their keys to victory are based on allowing few to no runs while scoring enough to win. Playing a solid defense and executing the pitching plan is what the Broncos excel at.
Senior designated hitter Frankie Nogales had three base hits including two homeruns. The Broncos out-hit the Warriors 14-11 in the first game, but they couldn’t string enough hits together to produce the runs needed to win.
The Broncos kept the second game of the doubleheader closer thanks to a three-hit effort from senior outfielder Daniel Pitts.
“Everyone has their own game plan. We go up there looking for our pitch,” said Pitts.
He drove in CPP’s only runs of the game: an RBI double in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the eighth inning, as the Broncos continued to struggle to put hits together in order to drive in runs. The Broncos scored two runs off of 10 hits while the Warriors scored four runs on eight hits. No other Bronco obtained more than one hit throughout the game.
Nogales seemed to be bothered by a hamstring problem after he grabbed at it trying to beat out a ground ball early in the game. He remained in the game but did not collect a base hit.
Senior pitcher Henry Omana had a strong outing striking out six and only allowing two earned runs. He had good control of his fastball and his changeup dominated opposing batters.
He ran into some trouble in the second inning after a base runner reached on an error. The runner advanced to second base on a controversial balk call. Two runs came across that inning. He cruised into the fifth inning, allowing another run because of another balk call.
Errors continued to plague the Broncos as Omana was pulled in the sixth inning. The team had four errors in the second game.
CPP ended their two game skid Sunday afternoon, topping Stanislaus 7-3. With the game tied at three, the Broncos scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the win. Senior second baseman Chris Stratton went 1-for-3, driving in two runs.
The series leaves Cal Poly 15-14 overall and 11-7 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.
CPP will face Cal State Monterey Bay next weekend in a three-game series.
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Junior shortstop Bryce Graddy hit 3-for-10 for the series, scoring two runs
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