Broncos snap six-game skid, win big 10-2

By Erik Carr

The Cal Poly baseball team was able to earn its first win in six
games when it squared off with the Cal State Los Angeles Golden
Eagles in a four-game series. The two teams each took two games
apiece for the series.

Cal Poly won the second and fourth games of the series 7-4 and
10-2, respectively. Cal State Los Angeles won the first and third
games 9-4 and 7-6, in that order.

The Broncos now have a conference record of 11 wins and 13
losses, and an overall record of 19 wins and 18 losses. They occupy
seventh place in the CCAA, where they are nine games behind the
20-4 UC San Diego Tritons.

The last game of the series is where the Broncos unloaded on
offense. 13 batters came to the plate, and on only two hits and
five walks, the Broncos managed to score eight runs.

On defense, the Broncos held their own. Sophomore pitcher Geoff
Broussard pitched a remarkable game, throwing five innings and
striking out one, while giving up only a pair of runs and three

“Geoff had a tough second inning,” said Head Coach Mike Ashman.
“[But] he settled down and gave us five solid innings.”

Broussard’s record stands at four wins and two losses.

The series began in Los Angeles on Thursday with a 9-4 Golden
Eagles’ win. Despite pitching 5 1/3 innings for the Broncos and
striking out two, senior pitcher Travis Kelly gave up eight runs,
nine hits, and two walks. His record is now at one win and two

On offense, junior designated hitter Tyson Edwards led off the
fifth inning with a right field home run, which tied the score at
2-2. However, a three-run fifth gave the Golden Eagles all they
needed to win the game.

Junior left fielder Stephen Gonzalez, senior right fielder
Robert Palmer, and senior first baseman Manny Navarro all had two
hits for the Broncos.

Friday’s game ended with both a 7-4 win and an end to the losing
streak for the Broncos.

For that game, senior pitcher Jarett Attard took to the mound,
and walked away with the win.

“Jarett Attard [contributed to our victory, and] he’s battled
some injuries,” said Ashman. “He did an outstanding job.”

Attard pitched seven innings, gave up three runs, seven hits,
and struck three Golden Eagles out. Attard has a record of one win
and one loss.

“It’s good to get a team win,” said senior pitcher Jarett
Attard. “Good defense helped us get the win.”

In the third inning, Gonzalez followed sophomore catcher Jenzen
Torres’ triple to center with a home run to right field.

“It [the home run] felt great,” said Gonzalez. “We were just
trying to get a fly deep to right and it just carried.”

Senior pitcher Joshua Krist recorded his sixth save of the
season. He put in two innings of work, struck out one, allowed
three hits, and one run.

The opener to the Broncos doubleheader on Saturday was the
closest game of the series.

The Broncos had the lead going into the eighth inning, but two
runs scored by the Golden Eagles made the score 7-6, which was how
it ended.

One notable performance came from senior shortstop Erik Riedel,
who had two hits for the Broncos, and gave the Broncos the lead in
the sixth inning with a single that scored Palmer.

“[I was] just excited to get back into the game,” said Riedel.
“I was just fortunate to get up with a guy in scoring position and
go ahead.”

The Broncos begin a four-game series at Scolinos Field on
Thursday with Cal State San Bernardino at 12pm.

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Broncos snap six-game skid, win big 10-2

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Broncos snap six-game skid, win big 10-2

Broncos snap six-game skid, win big 10-2

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Broncos snap six-game skid, win big 10-2

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