Baseball split the first two games of a four-game series against UC San Diego.
In game one, junior pitcher Austin Isenhart (3-0) continued his great start to his Cal Poly Pomona career.
Isenhart did enough to earn his team the win in five innings of work, allowing six hits and two earned runs while walking four and striking out four.
“Our program starts with pitching and defense,” coach Randy Betten said.
Junior Tim Holdgrafer came in to relieve Isenhart in the sixth inning and finished the game on the mound for the Broncos and record his first save of the season.
Holdgrafer allowed one run, one walk and struck out five batters in four innings of relief.
Freshman left fielder Cesar Lopez started the scoring in the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field.
The Broncos scored three more runs in the inning starting with a single from leadoff hitter and freshman shortstop Drew Cowley.
The Broncos scored runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to maintain the lead en route to a 8-3 win.
Game two saw a more highly contested game, with UC San Diego coming out on top 6-4.
Senior Ryan Alsworth pitched six innings allowing six hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out six.
UC San Diego struck first in the sixth inning and kept attacking, as the Broncos never led at any point in Friday’s game.
The Broncos finished the game strong, however, as the score was 6-1 heading into the ninth inning.
CPP pulled three back in the ninth and with runners on first and second with two outs and the count full, sophomore designated hitter Brennan McKenzie struck out swinging.
Due to rain, the second half of the series scheduled for Homecoming on Saturday moved to Sunday at Scolinos Field.
“It had a little something to do with taking a day off,” Betten said. “We came out firing.”
In game one of the double header and three of the series the Broncos beat UC San Diego 4-2 behind junior Dylan Francis’ pitching.
In five and a third innings of work he allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking one.
Cowley once again set the table for the offense from the lead off spot, going 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a double.
McKenzie also pitched in extra base hits, with two doubles.
Sophomore Ben Mora shut the door on UC San Diego shutting out the Tritons in three and two thirds inning allowing just two hits.
After UC San Diego took the lead in the top of the first inning, the Broncos responded in the home half of the first with two runs from McKenzie and Lopez.
Cal Poly Pomona added two more in the second inning double from Cowley and a single from senior catcher Cody Martin.
“The situational hitting has got to get better,” Betten said. “Those guys in the middle of our lineup they’re there for a reason, they need to drive those runs in.
CPP takes on CSU Los Angeles this weekend.
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