Sonoma State downs Cal Poly Pomona
Jones' three hits, four RBIs lead Seawolves to victory
LA JOLLA, Calif- Senior Kendall Davis threw eight strong innings and Kyle Jones reached base five times as Sonoma State rolled to a 10-2 victory against Cal Poly Pomona at the NCAA Division II West Regional. The win leaves the Seawolves (35-19) just one win away from reaching the College World Series in Cary, North Carolina.
After being outscored 33-13 last weekend at the CCAA tournament, Sonoma State has proven themselves this weekend that it belongs in this tournament. The Seawolves have outscored two of the hottest teams in the west, 14-2, in the last two games, with help from two stellar pitching performances by Kenny Arnerich and Davis.
“We feel good, but we know we have a long way to go and whoever we play tomorrow night will make for a great game,” Sonoma State head coach John Goelz said. “The great thing is that our starters have gone deep in both games, so we have some guys that are rested and it’s a pleasant surprise.”
Davis (3-3) threw a gem on Friday against the Broncos, allowing just four hits and two runs while walking four and striking out six in his eight innings of work. He got some run support early, and he got some run support often.
It was in the bottom of the first inning that Jones blasted a three-run home run over the right field fence to score Alex Todd and Cameron Cook, giving Sonoma State the early 3-0 lead.
“I was looking for a good pitch to hit and I got it in my happy zone,” Jones said. “I put a great swing on it.”
Two innings later, the Seawolves plated three more runs on Bronco starter Kevin Bosson on a RBI single by Jones, followed by two more runs scored on a throwing error by Bosson that put SSU up big, 6-0.
Cal Poly Pomona finally got a run across the board in the fifth on a RBI double by Allen Rodarte, but Sonoma State would counter with three more runs in the next half inning to give Davis an eight-run cushion on the mound -- Randy Wells smacked a RBI double, followed by a pair of RBI singles by Garrett Gooselaw and Steven Filippi. Wells brought home another run in the sixth, which scored O'Koyea Dickson from third base to put SSU up 10-1.
Davis allowed just one more run in the ballgame, a RBI single by Travis Taijeron, the region's Player of the Year, who struck out three times earlier in the game. Eric Davila came on in relief in the ninth and retired Cal Poly Pomona in order, striking out one.
Jones went 3 for 3 with two walks, bringing home four runs and scoring three of his own. Todd had three hits and Wells added two as Sonoma State outhit Cal Poly Pomona, 11-4.
Bosson (10-4) gave up eight hits and nine runs (seven earned) in his four and a third innings of work. He walked five and struckout three.