By Danielle Rodriguez
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team continues to come up big in the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament, defeating California Baptist University 7-6 on May 23 and University of Southern Indiana 2-1 on Saturday.
Saturday’s game in North Carolina was a pitching duel between the Broncos and the Eagles as no runs brought in from either team until the eighth inning. Junior pitcher Michael Koval started on the mound for the Broncos and pitched a gem. Koval struck out eight batters during his 7.1 innings on the mound.
Senior outfielder Jared James reached base in the bottom of the eighth inning coming off a double but was unable to reach home as he was left stranded on second.
The Broncos continued to fight and tried to put a run on the scoreboard, but they did not have any luck until the bottom of the ninth inning.
CPP began the second inning with the first two batters reaching a base. It seemed like the Broncos were going to strand more runners on base as the Eagles forced two outs without the Bronco runners advancing, but a single from sophomore Cody Martin brought home junior Jason Padlo forcing extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, CPP was able to successfully end the game. James reached base on a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
The Eagles walked senior Caleb Romo intentionally as the stage was set for Padlo. Padlo drove home the game-winning run as he hit a single up the middle.
In the game against Cal Baptist, the Lancers jumped out to an early big lead as CPP gave up five runs in the bottom of the second inning.
CPP got its first run in the top of the third inning when Romo hit an RBI single, allowing James to score for the Broncos.
Romo also hit a homerun in the fifth inning, keeping CPP alive with the score at 5-2 with Cal Baptist still in the lead.
By the top of the eighth inning, Cal Baptist was still leading over the Broncos, until sophomore Jacob Bernardy hit a homerun, bringing in four RBI’s. His grand slam saved CPP, allowing them to end the game with a 7-6 victory.
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