Baseball splits opening series

By Jesse Tovar

Baseball started the 2018 preseason splitting a four-game series against University of Colorado at Colorado Springs starting on Friday with a 6-1 win.

Junior pitcher Austin Isenhart allowed one hit and struck out six batters in six innings of work.

Isenhart walked one of the 19 batters he faced.

Senior Ryan Alsworth pitched three solid innings in relief with four strikeouts and only a single hit and run allowed.

Cal Poly Pomona’s offense was led by junior first baseman Nic Hernandez.

Hernandez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one run batted in.

Senior catcher Cody Martin also sealed his team’s win with a homerun in the eighth inning.

The Broncos played twomore games on Saturday. The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader showcased the Broncos dominant pitching once again. Senior Peter Beattie allowed two hits in four innings in a 13-4 win forCPP.

Hernandez had anotherstrong performance going 3-for-4 again this time knocking in two runs.

Senior center fielder Jacob Bernardy added a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.

Junior right fielder Hunter Tidwell had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.

The Broncos dropped the final two games of theseries starting in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Cal Poly Pomona fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and could not recover, losing 10-1.

Colorado got on the board early thanks to doubles by senior second baseman Efrain Medina and senior first baseman Jeremy Hochmuth.

The Broncos pulled one back in the third inning when sophomore left fielder Brennan McKenzie hit a sacrifice fly to right field that brought in Bernardy to score.

Another big inning by Colorado Springs put the game out of reach.

In the fifth, Colorado Springs scored five runs leaving the score 8-1.

Senior catcher Jamie Crabtree singled home a run in the first inning, drew a walk with the bases loaded to start the fifth.

Crabtree hit a sacrificefly to right that brought in two runs thanks to a throwing error.

Extra base hits by Colorado Springs were the key to scoring 10 runs on 11hits.

The Broncos managedjust one run on seven hits leaving six on base.

In the final game of the series, Colorado Springsscored five runs in the first two innings en route to a 8-3 win. Conference play begins on Feb. 23.

Junior third baseman Patrick Vizcaino went 2-for-3 in game one driving in a run.

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

Junior third baseman Patrick Vizcaino went 2-for-3 in game one driving in a run.

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