Feb. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Cal State Stanislaus 

TURLOCK - For the third time in the young 2009 season the Cal State Stanislaus baseball team came from behind for a victory. Sunday the victim was Cal Poly Pomona, as the Warriors came away with a 4-2 win at Warrior Field.

The No. 2 ranked Warriors take the series against the Broncos three games to one, moving their overall record to 11-2 and going to 3-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Cal Poly Pomona falls to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in CCAA play. It's the second straight season that the Warriors have won three of four against the Broncos.

The Warriors' bullpen was put to the test Sunday after starter Derek Eaton (1-0) struggled in the first inning. Eric Federico (2-1) would get the win after pitching 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Andrew Troncale relieved Eaton and threw 3 2/3 innings of effective relief, giving up just three hits and striking out five.

The Warriors broke through in the seventh, trailing 2-1, when Joseph Pilatti hit a leadoff single. A sacrifice bunt moved Pilatti over to second. Then with two outs, pinch-hitter Leandro Dottavio came up with a chance to tie the game.

Seeing his first action in nearly two weeks, Dottavio hit the first pitch he saw to left field, scoring Pilatti from second and tying the game. Later in the inning the Warriors would take a 3-2 lead on a wild pitch that scored Alex Zanini from third, who pinch-ran for Dottavio. An RBI single by David Contreras would add an insurance run for the final score.

The story of the day was perhaps the Broncos stranding 14 baserunners, including leaving them loaded in the first and eighth innings. The Broncos threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but the Warriors would get another bailout by a reliever, this time from Eric Cendejas who came in and got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat. Cendejas earned the save Sunday, his second of the year.

Coming into Sunday's game the Warriors were outscoring opponents 16-0 in the first inning, but the Broncos were the ones to grab the early lead Sunday. Eaton struggled in the first inning. After striking out the leadoff batter, Eaton walked four straight before finally being pulled. Troncale came in and gave up an RBI single, but got the Warriors out of the inning with a groundout and a strikeout as Cal Poly Pomona took a 2-0 lead.

Kyle Loretelli cut the lead in half with a leadoff homerun in the second inning. Broncos starter Kevin Bosson pitched well and after Loretelli's homerun, retired 11 straight batters. Bosson would take the loss, however, falling to 0-2 in 6 2/3 innings of work, striking out seven and walking two.

The Warriors will continue their season-opening homestand at noon Saturday with a doubleheader against Sonoma State.