Broncos bash Coyotes

By Elliot Heis

Cal Poly’s baseball team improved its CCAA record to 12-12 with
three straight wins against Cal Sate San Bernardino after losing
the series’ first game.

After dropping the first game 6-5 on Thursday, the Broncos gave
up just two runs in three games to win 11-1 Friday, and Saturday,
2-0 and 5-1, respectively.

“After the first game ( … ) we played a little sloppy and had
a chance to win the game in the ninth inning, but couldn’t get it
done, it was good to bounce back and play well,” said Head Coach
Mike Ashman.

The Broncos enjoyed a strong pitching performance in their
winning games which all but stopped the Coyotes’ offense.

Although San Bernardino made some hits and got runners into
scoring position, Cal Poly’s pitching kept the Coyotes off the
scoreboard.

This was the first start for freshman pitcher Casey McCarthy,
who allowed just one run in six innings.

“[McCarthy] struggled in the first inning, then got in some
trouble in the second, but then settled down and did a nice job,”
Ashman said.

The Broncos had an explosive seven-run third inning in Friday’s
11-1 win, which gave Cal Poly a commanding lead for the rest of the
game.

“We’ve had a tendency to have some big innings this year so
we’ve got to roll with it when we have good at-bats,” said
Ashman.

Cal Poly needed to stay focused after splitting the first two
games 1-1, as San Bernardino would seek redemption in the third
game.

“We beat them up pretty good today so they’ll be ready to play
tomorrow,” Ashman said Friday.

The Broncos carried the momentum from Friday to Saturday with
freshman pitcher Kevin Bosson, who allowed just three hits in six
innings and held San Bernardino scoreless.

“Kevin was outstanding,” said Ashman. “Last year I saw him in an
all-star game in Rancho, and he gave up a lead-off triple and then
struck out the next three guys so I know he’s a tough, mentally
strong kid.”

Cal Poly had a big first inning which featured five runs in the
only scoring inning for the Broncos. Junior shortstop Erik Riedel
opened the scoring with an RBI triple before senior left-fielder
Jeff Ringholm hit a three-run home run in the series’ only
four-bagger.

The Broncos now have an 18-15 record overall.

Reach Elliot Heis at sports@thepolypost.com

Broncos bash Coyotes

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