By Danielle Rodriguez
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team faced off against the Chico State Wildcats at Scolinos Field in a doubleheader on Saturday, winning 9-2 in the first game and being defeated by the Wildcats 13-5 in the second game. The Broncos finished the weekend defeating the Wildcats 10-7 on Sunday.
Going into Saturday’s doubleheader, the Wildcats held a record of 24-11, which was the second best overall record in the conference.
“Our emphasis for the weekend was making the choice to compete on every pitch,” said Head Coach Randy Betten. “I was really happy with the way we challenged [the Wildcats] to compete.”
In the first game, CPP scored the first run of the game in the first inning coming off a wild pitch by the Wildcats. Chico State responded by scoring in the second inning coming off a single to the CPP shortstop.
The Broncos found their rhythm at the plate, scoring in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, while the Wildcats scored once in the ninth inning.
The lone run in the fourth inning for the Broncos came off a RBI double from sophomore catcher Cody Martin. Junior infielder Jason Padlo brought the first run of the fifth inning in for the Broncos coming off his triple to the right field line. Senior infielder Caleb Romo then hit a sacrifice fly to bring Padlo in for the Broncos’ second run of the inning.
The Broncos continued their success at the plate, scoring four runs in the sixth inning. The first run in the sixth inning came off a fielder’s choice, and the second came off an RBI double from sophomore outfielder Jacob Bernardy. Padlo finished off the inning with a two RBI single to right field.
The Broncos finished their scoring in the seventh inning, as senior infielder Nicholas Bruno singled to second base and brought in a Bronco to home plate.
Padlo finished the game with two hits, one being a triple. Padlo also had three RBIs. Betten talked about Padlo’s performance.
“He’s been getting some big hits and been productive at bat, which has really helped us today,” said Betten.
CPP junior pitcher Michael Koval pitched eight innings and only allowed one run. Koval also struck out four batters.
Betten talked about the importance of having Koval on the mound.
“He’s our [number] one guy,” said Betten. “He [gives] us a chance to win, and [he] only continues to get better.”
In the second game of the doubleheader, Chico State responded to its loss in the first game by scoring five runs in the second inning, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead.
Romo was the first to score for the Broncos, hitting a home run in the bottom of the second inning. He then hit a two-run home run in his second at bat, scoring for the second time in the game.
“I felt really comfortable and found pitches I was looking for, so I took advantage and felt ready for what was coming at me,” said Romo.
Romo’s strong performance at the plate wasn’t enough for the Broncos, as the Wildcats took the 13-5 victory.
On Sunday, the Broncos defeated the Wildcats 10-3. Multiple Broncos had a strong outing at the plate.
Martin led the Broncos with three RBI’s on two hits.
Senior infielder Ryan Webberley also had a strong outing at the plate with two RBI’s on two hits.
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Max Bethell on the mound for CPP
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