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!
The Cal State San Bernardino softball team suffered its second 3-1 loss to UC San Diego in as many days at the best-of-three NCAA Division II West Super Region and this one ended the season for the Coyotes.
Cal State had not never advanced this far so the team’s showing is something of which it can be proud.
The Coyotes played far better than they did in Friday’s loss. Their defense was stellar, they had more scoring opportunities and ace Cassidy Lee out-pitched her counterpart Camille Gaito for six innings.
But the Coyotes failure to make the most of their scoring chances proved costly. They had two runners to third in the first three innings and didn’t score in either. They went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
They took a 1-0 lead into the seventh, only to have the the Tritons manufacture three in the seventh. Somehow those kind of losses hurt worse.
The Coyotes have just three seniors on their 13-player roster – Lee and outfielders Priscilla Curiel and Jacquelyn Holtzclaw. So this experience is something the team can build on in the future. Next year there will be no playoff rookies and maybe they can get over the hump next year.
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball and Cal State San Bernardino softball teams both had a tough day in their respective tournament on the campus of UC San Diego.
The Coyotes lost to the host Tritons 3-1 in the first game of the best-of-five Super Regional series. All three San Diego runs were unearned wit two Coyote errors figuring prominently.
Cal State’s lone run came on a home run by Stefanie Pace.
The Coyotes hit some balls hard off San Diego pitcher Camille Gaito. In fact Gaito took a shot off the wrist and a shot off the thigh. It will be interesting to see how she comes back today.She is expected to pitch Game 2 while the Coyotes will go with Cassidy Lee, who did an admirable job on Friday.
The teams play at noon Saturday, then again at 4 if they were to forcea decisive game.
The news wasn’t much better for the Broncos, who fell 10-2 to Sonoma State in NCAA Division II West Region play. Just not good night all around. They managed just four hits. Starter Kevin Bosson had a tough nigh, giving up nine runs and committing an error that compounded the problem..
Cal Poly trailed 6-0 before it got on the scoreboard.
Coach Randy Betten said Geoff Broussard will likely start a 1 p.m. game against UC San Diego. The Broncos need to win to force a 6 p.m. game the same night.