By Tagui Martirosyan
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team lost 10-2 to Cal State Dominguez Hills on Feb. 16 at Toro Field in Carson, California.
The Broncos now hold a 6-3 record on the season with all three losses coming on the road.
“We talk about the importance of playing on the road, [and] you’re going to have to play well,” said Head Coach Randy Betten. “We just haven’t executed our game plan on the road. We’ve played much better at home in our comfortable environment. We address that and those are some things we need to improve on.”
Junior pitcher Tyler Rowe started the game on the mound for the Broncos and continued pitching up to the fourth inning. The junior newcomer allowed four hits, two earned runs and a pair of strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Peter Beattie replaced Rowe in the fourth inning and suffered the loss.
The Toros scored their first run of the game in the bottom half of the first inning. In the second inning, senior outfielder Michael Zidek hit a leadoff single to right center, and with a sacrifice bunt from senior infielder Ryan Webberley, Zidek moved to second and then advanced to third base with a single from junior catcher Frankie Nogales. The Broncos were unable to respond to the first inning run from the Toros, as they failed to capitalize on their second inning opportunity..
The Toros’ third baseman, senior Brady Conlan, hit his first homerun of the season at the bottom of the third inning, tallying another run for the Toros.
CPP collected its first run in the fifth inning, as Nogales led off by doubling to right center. As sophomore catcher Cody Martin grounded out to second base, Nogales advanced to third and then crossed home plate on a sacrifice bunt from senior infielder Chris Stratton. A hit by pitch allowed junior Alex Gaskin to reach base, where he would later cross home plate for the Broncos’ last run of the game coming off the Toros’ shortstop’s error.
The Toros answered back and collected their third run with a single and a throwing error in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Toros tallied three more runs in the sixth inning.
Cal State Domiguez Hills scored another run with a single to the center in the seventh inning. The home team collected the final run of the game in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly to right.
This week, the Broncos will face the Azusa Pacific Cougars on Wednesday at Scolinos Field at 6 p.m. for one game before opening up CCAA play for three games against the San Francisco State Gators.
“Once you get to conference, it’s so critical each game because we won the conference last year by one game, and we [reached the] playoffs three years ago by one game,” said Betten. “Our starting pitching has been solid. I think our team defense has shown the ability to play good defense because we have a lot of returners from the World Series team that finished third in the country last year.”
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
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