Cal Poly Pomona didn’t play like a team that hadn’t been in the playoffs in 19 years.
The Broncos chalked up a 10-4 win over Western Oregon in the NCAA Division II West Regional at UC San Diego. Cal Poly battled from a 4-1 deficit, evened the score in the sixth and put the pedal to the medal with six in the eighth.
Give Cal Poly starter Erick Ruvalcaba credit for battling back after a shaky start to give his team a chance.
Michael Parker was impressive on the mound after that, retiring 10 of the 11 hitters he faced. The exclamation point came when he struck out the side in the ninth.
The Broncos had 12 hits with Travis Taijeron getting three, two of those doubles.
Tyson Edwards had a two-run double that tied the game at 4 and a sacrifice fly that made it 5-4. Jordan Whitman also had a two-run double in the eighth.
The Broncos advance to face either Sonoma State or UC San Diego at 6 p.m. on Friday. Kevin Bosson will be the mound.
This is an underdog team playing with a lot of poise and confidence.