By Christine Sharp
Though the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team was not able to take the series, the Broncos snapped first-place Chico State’s season-best 15-game winning streak.
During the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, senior left-hander Ryan Dunn threw a complete-game shutout to down the Wildcats, 1-0.
Saturday’s win marked Dunn’s second consecutive complete-game shutout and the second of his career.
Dunn’s first shutout was on April 6 against Cal State Stanislaus, when the Broncos won, 4-0, in a weekend series sweep.
Dunn said he began feeling more confident in his pitches toward the middle of the game.
“[It wasn’t until] the third or fourth [innings], I kept getting stronger after that,” said Dunn.
Head coach Randy Betten said Dunn has proven himself as a starting pitcher in his recent performances.
“He’s worked for everything he’s done,” said Betten. “It’s kind of nice to see that progression in a baseball player, because that’s what we want to do in the program, keep progressing forward like that.”
The series against the Wildcats (23-5 CCAA) did not end as successfully as Saturday’s second game.
The Broncos (16-16 CCAA) opened the series with a 2-0 lead in Friday’s game.
Although the Broncos were unable to score again, they put up a good defensive effort.
Chico’s scoring began in the fourth after freshman pitcher Max Bethell walked two batters. Four singles followed to cash in four runs, making the score 4-2 in Chico State’s favor.
The Wildcats continued to score in the remainder of the game, defeating the Broncos, 8-2.
Chico State returned Saturday morning with right-hander Troy Neiman who threw six scoreless innings and allowed five hits.
Senior right-hander Kevin Bosson threw nine complete innings, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs, while striking out seven batters.
The Broncos were dealt a 5-1 loss.
The second game of the double header featured impressive pitching by Dunn and Wildcats’ senior right-hander Mike Botelho. Between the two of them, only five hits were allowed.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Trevor Magno hit a double, down the left-field line. Bo Walter grounded out to second base while Magno advanced to third.
Jordan Whitman’s fly-out to center field brought Magno home to score the game-winning run.
Sunday’s game saw the Broncos get shut out, 3-0.
Freshman Cody Ponce pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on nine hits.
The Broncos’ offense struggled against senior right-hander Kagen Hopkins, who only allowed three hits in his eight innings pitched.
The Broncos missed their scoring opportunity in the bottom of the seventh.
Chris Carlson walked to first and quickly advanced to second as Whitman singled to right center. Donald Walter then walked to first to load the bases with only one out.
The Broncos were unable to score as Padlo struck out and Eusebio grounded out to shortstop.
Betten said for the Broncos to beat the first-place team in the conference, just 30 minutes after losing to them, was great and credited the win to the way they played.
“I think [the win] will give us a little bit more confidence [since] we played a team that high in the rankings and competed in each and every game,” said Betten. “I think as we move forward this year, not only as a team, but as a program, we’re seeing what it takes to play at that level consistently.”
The Broncos will travel to Seaside for a weekend series against Cal State Monterey Bay beginning on Friday.
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