By Anthony Carrillo
After a long offseason, the baseball team opened the season with a three-game series against visiting University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
The Broncos lost the season opener due to some questionable umpiring and some ninth-inning heroics from the visiting team.
The loss was not for a lack of effort as sophomore first baseman Nic Hernandez went 3-5 and proved that Scolinos Field is not big enough to hold him with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead.
Taking the mound was junior Jeff Bain who proved difficult to handle with eight strikeouts in just five innings of work.
The bats came alive for the second time around for the Broncos as the team hit with an average of .307, led by the bat of junior catcher Cody Martin, who went on to hit 2-3 and managed to get three RBIs.
The tone, however, was set by the bullpen.
Junior pitcher Kyle Dohy, sophomore pitcher Michael Gomez and freshman pitcher Cade Kirkemo were just one hit away from throwing a collective no hitter.
Dohy, who only went four complete innings, faced only 15 batters and struck out seven of them.
The third game proved to be a little more challenging for the Broncos as they were tied going into the final inning.
Senior third baseman Jason Padlo was a standout as he batted a perfect 4-4 and earned a stolen base.
With the score knotted up in the final inning, freshman designated hitter Brennan McKenzie got a walk-off single.
McKenzie had high praise for his team when asked about expectations of this group.
“I feel like this team is really special. I feel like we can do what no other Cal Poly team has done in the last 20 years or so; that is win a national championship,” said McKenzie.
The team kept their composure after a tough opening game and responded with back-to-back wins.
The Broncos will be competing in a three-game series against Point Loma starting on Thursday at Scolinos Field.
Courtesy of Joseph Carrillo
Junior pitcher Jeff Bain totaled eight strikeouts during his five innings on the mound against Colorado Springs
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