Junior righthander Michael Koval of Cal Poly Pomona has been named All-American, marking the third straight year that a CPP player has earned the accolade. It also makes six honorees in the six years of head coach Randy Betten‘s tenure.
Koval is the 29th All-American in the history of the Broncos’ baseball program.
He leads the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in earned run average (1.91) and ranks second in wins with nine. He has allowed just five extra base hits, all of which were doubles. Through 2016, Koval owns a 9-3 record in 89.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 65 hitters.
In early May, Koval was selected as the CCAA Pitcher of the Year. Last week in the opening game of the West Regional, Koval tossed 7.1 shutout innings as the Broncos went on to defeat Chico State 11-1 in that game.
Koval’s honor comes from the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) and the entire All-America team is featured here. The CCA encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team got to host the NCAA Division II West Regional at Mt. SAC a year ago. It paid off as the Broncos won that and advanced to the NCAA championship and finished third.
The Broncos won’t be playing quite that close to home this year but they won’t be going far either. Cal Baptist, champion of the Pac West Conference, is the top seed and will host the six-team event that begins Thursday and runs through Monday.
There will be three games on Thursday with Cal Poly Pomona’s first foe being a familiar one – Chico State.
The Broncos (35-17) are seeded third with the Wildcats (35-20) seeded fourth. The teams are not strangers, having split four meetings this season. They met last week in the first round of the CCAA Tournament in Stockton with Chico prevailing 6-2. Chico leads the all-time series 58-34.
The Broncos went 10-5 against teams in the field this season, having played four of the other five entrants, with games against all the other three CCAA participants.
Other games the first day pit No. 2 Dixie State against No. 5 Cal State Monterey Bay at 11 with Cal Baptist playing Cal State East Bay at 3.
Admission is $10 a day for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Military personnel and children 12-under are admitted free.
There are no local players on the Chico State roster bit there are several playing at CBU. Those include seniors Andrew Montoya (Colton), Jake Galloway (Etiwanda/Chaffey College), Taylor Wetzel (Grantie Hills), juniors Alec Morabito (Yucaipa), Brian Ruhm (Yucaipa) and Jeremy Steggell (Chino Hills), sophomores Travis Booth (Ontario Christian), D.J. Porter (Los Osos) and Brody Robinson (Redlands East Valley) and freshmen Vini Haro (Big Bear), Kenny Boardman (Grand Terrace) and Derek Escobar (Grand Terrace).
For the second time in three weeks, Cal Poly Pomona junior right-hander Michael Koval has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week.
Koval had another stellar week on the mound for the Broncos, limiting Chico State to just a .115 average en route to a CPP victory Saturday afternoon. He went eight innings, giving up three hits and striking out four.
The Alta Loma High School product improved to 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA in 10 starts.