Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer are hosting the NCAA Division III national tennis championships all week. While the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teams didn’t fare well, individuals are more than holding their own.
Sophomore Alex Lane of CMS just steamrolled past his two foes, losing a grand total of three games. Have you ever watched a sporting event and one side was playing so well you felt sorry for the other? That was the case. Lane said after his second match he was playing with a chip on his shoulder after a loss in the team competition earlier in the week.
He looks like he is going to be hard to beat now.
Tommy Meyer of Pomona-Pitzer also advanced to the qaurterfinals with a pair of straight set wins.
Sophomore Kristin Lim of CMS has been the star on the women’s side. She too is in the quarterfinals.
All the action today is at Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 9 a.m. There is no charge and its a great venue to wander around and watch competition on different courts in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team came up short, losing to Sonoma State 8-5 at the NCAA Division II West Region title game at UC San Diego.
The Broncos (36-23) turned in a valiant effort, working their way out of the loser’s bracket but it wasn’t to be.
The Broncos had five players named to the All-Tournament team – pitcher Michael Parker, catcher Jenzen Torres, second baseman Allen Rodarte, outfielder TravisTaijeron and designated hitter Tyson Edwards.
When it comes down to the final game of a double-elimination event it’s all about whose pitching stands up. That happened to be Sonoma State (36-20) which ended the game with Kenny Arnerich on the mound.
Arnerich pitched a complete game shutout in the Seawolves first game against San Diego. He went the last two and two-third innings and got the win.
But Cal Poly Pomona baseball is back on the map after several years of mediocrity.
Well the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team is still alive and kicking!
And this time the Broncos won in dramatic fashion at the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament at UC San Diego. Hours after fending off favored UC San Diego 6-5 the Broncos chalked up a 5-4 win over Sonoma State.
Cal Poly went up 4-0, only to have to Sonoma back to tie it at 4-all.
Sonoma loaded the bases in the eighth with one out and didn’t score.
Then it loaded the bases again in the eighth, this time with no outs and again didn’t score. When that happens it usually comes back to bite you. That is indeed what happened,
So then Cal Poly came up in the bottom of the ninth. The rally started with hits by Allen Rodarte and Jordan Whitman, A balk by Sonoma pitcher Ian Ocon put the runners at second and third, still with no out.
Then with a 1-2 count to Ryan Goodman, Ocon, still likely miffed by the balk, uncorked a wild pitch and Rodarte scored from third. Game over!
So now it’s Cal Poly and Sonoma at noon on Sunday, winner advances to the College World Series, The Broncos have the momentum now.
But it will likely be pitcher-by-committee.
I wouldn’t bet against the Broncos now.