Broncos win three of four against Cal State LA

By Danielle Rodriguez

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team defeated the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles in their doubleheader on Saturday at Scolinos Field, winning 12-2 in the first game and 2-0 in the second game. The two teams also faced off twice during the week, and the Broncos defeated the Golden Eagles 13-7 on Thursday and fell 6-4 on Friday.

The Broncos record now stands at 27-14 and 19-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

“Our situational hitting was better, and our defense played well. Overall, I’m proud of the way we played this week,” said Head Coach Randy Betten. “Everything is coming together.”

In the first game, the Broncos were the first to score, bringing in three runs from senior outfielder Jared James, senior infielder Caleb Romo, and freshman Nic Hernandez. Four more runs were scored in the bottom of the second inning, which gave the Broncos an early 7-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, senior infielder Ryan Webberley hit a two-run single. Moment’s later, sophomore Jacob Bernardy doubled in two more runs.

Bernardy finished the game with five RBIs, which led the Broncos to victory.

Senior pitcher Max Bethell pitched a gem, staying on the mound for 7.2 innings and striking out five batters.

The Broncos pitching continued to dominate in the second game of the doubleheader, as junior pitcher Michael Koval had a great game pitching 6.1 shutout innings against the Golden Eagles.

“I was just trying to come out here and salvage the series,” said Koval. “That’s what we all came here to do.”

Romo was a key factor in the win scoring both of the runs the Broncos put up against the Golden Eagles.

“We came out hot right out of the first game,” said Romo. “I stayed patient and comfortable and just let it all happen.”

Cal State LA could not put up any runs against the Broncos, which ended the game at 2-0.

In the first game of the series on Thursday, the Broncos lit up the scoreboard with 13 runs.

James finished the game with three hits, two runs and three RBIs to lead the Broncos to the victory.

On Friday, the Broncos lost in the second game of the series, 6-4.

Cal State LA scored six runs in innings five, six and seven to take the lead and the game.

The Broncos are expected to make a strong push in the weeks to come, as injured players are coming off the bench.

“It’s a building block,” said Koval. “We’re trying to focus on getting our injured guys healthy again and back on the lineup. With eight games left there is still a lot of baseball to go.”

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Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post

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