Cal State L.A.s baseball team dropped the first game of its California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader against Cal Poly Pomona, but the Golden Eagles salvaged a split with a big performance in the nightcap.
Max Moya drilled a pair of home runs giving him three for the day and Yuichiro Fujiwara pitched five strong innings to lead Cal State L.A. to an 11-6 win in the nightcap. That win was badly needed because Cal Poly Pomona rode some outstanding pitching from Brandon King and Peter Shiner in the opener to post a 3-1 win.
Cal State L.A. (25-21, 19-12 CCAA) pulled to within one-half game of fourth-place Cal State Stanislaus (31-18, 19-11) in the conference race. Chico State (32-12, 21-10 CCAA) is in third place, two games ahead of the Golden Eagles. Cal State Stanislaus hosts first-place Sonoma State in a doubleheader on Sunday and then finishes the regular-season with a four-game series at Cal Poly Pomona. Chico State finishes with a four-game series at Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State L.A. wraps up its regular-season with a four-game series at San Francisco State.
The Golden Eagles got a big day from Moya, who accounted for their only run in the first game with a solo home run in the first inning. He then belted a two-run home run in the first inning of the nightcap and added a solo shot third. He was 3-for-3 in the nightcap with two runs scored and three RBI.
The first game featured strong pitching from both teams. King didnt allow another run after Moyas first-inning homer and went seven innings, allowing eight hits while walking two and striking out five. Peter Shiner allowed only one hit and struck out three over the final two innings to pick up the save.
The Golden Eagles were paced by John Mitchell, who allowed seven hits and three runs over seven innings. Erick Hong allowed only one hit over the final two innings to give Cal State L.A. a chance to rally.
Cal Poly Pomona broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh when Chris Wilson singled, took second on a sacrifice by Jeff Ringholm and scored on a double by Andres Fernandez. Kyle Boggio followed with a double to score Fernandez and make it 3-1.
In between games, the Golden Eagles honored their six seniors Dustin Birosak, Theon Bourdaniotis, Tyler Warmerdam, Darrick Hale, Manny Urresti and Henry Contreras in a special ceremony.
Cal Poly Pomona took a 1-0 lead in the nightcap on a leadoff home run by Matt Davidson, but Fujiwara didnt allow another run in his five innings of work. Cal State L.A. countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning two on a home run by Moya to take command.
The Golden Eagles made it 5-1 on a solo home run by Moya in the third and then broke the game open with three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. Joe Park had a two-run single in the fourth, while Devin Ramirez, Nico Moreno and Christian Ramirez had RBI in the fifth.
Cal Poly Pomona battled back for five runs in its half of the seventh inning. Davidson drove in a run with a single, Jordan Alcantar had a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and Manny Navarro drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for the Broncos.
Cal State L.A. had 14 hits in the nightcap. Park and Devon Ramirez had two hits and scored two runs each, while Christian Ramirez drove in a pair of runs.
Cal State L.A. will play its final home game of the season on Tuesday when the Golden Eagles host Point Loma in a non-conference game. The Golden Eagles will travel to San Francisco State for a four-game series to conclude the conference regular season beginning with a single game on Friday.