Before the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament started Cal Poly Pomona coach Randy Betten said his team was “playing with house money.” His team was predicted to finish in the CCAA so advancing to the post-season was a victory in itself.
But the Broncos (35-22) battled their way through the loser’s bracket, eliminating host UC San Diego 6-5. Now they are in the final against Sonoma State (35-19) but they’ll have to beat the Seawolves twice. The first game is coming up in 45 or so minutes.
Michael Parker picked up the win in relief. He also got the win in the Broncos win on Thursday.
It was a good back-and-forth contest. The Broncos got the decisive run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Tyson Edwards that drove home Jenzen Torres who had doubled.
Edwards and Chris Miller had two hits each. Jordan Whitman and Ryan Goodman both had two-run doubles.
Junior shortstop Mile Santora started. He had missed five games with a pulled hamstring but came out of the game in the third after legging out a double. He is not in the starting lineup for the night game either.
Casey Yokubaitis (2-4, 4.50) will be on the mound for the Broncos while Joey Van Cleave (4-2, 3.60) will go for Sonoma.
This is a resilient Cal Poly team. So I wouldn’t put it past them to win two!