April 23, 2004
POMONA, Calif. - Matt Lopez had three hits and Efren Lira threw his third complete game of the season as Cal Poly Pomona defeated UC Davis 5-1 in the first of a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association series Friday afternoon at Scolinos Field.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 31-13-1 on the season, 26-6-1 in CCAA play. Pomona improves to 23-2-1-2 overall, 16-16-1 in conference action.
The Broncos jumped ahead in the first when Matt Stevens scored on a Kevin Falls fielder's choice. They added another run in the second as Anthony Esquer connected for his first home run of the season, a solo shot off Aggie starter Michael Potter.
In the fourth inning UC Davis cut the lead in half as an Andrew Reisinger walk and Lukas Kirby single put runners at first and second with one out. Tyler LaTorre then drilled a double to left center, scoring Reisinger and making it a 2-1 game. With runners in scoring position, Lira struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
In the bottom of the fourth the Broncos put the game away as with one run already in, Kenny McCarthy hit a two-out, two-run single to left, scoring both Lopez and Esquer for the final margin of victory. UC Davis did not get a runner past second base the rest of the game as it falls for just the sixth time in 33 conference games.
Potter went the distance for the Aggies, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out just one, in his second complete game of the season. Offensively, Kirby and Michael Jacobellis each had two hits, while LaTorre and Reisinger accounted for the others.
Lira allowed just the one earned run on six hits, striking out 11 against three walks, improving his record to 5-5 with the victory. Lopez led a nine-hit attack with a pair of singles and a double, while Esquer and McCarthy each added two hits and two RBIs in the game.
These same two teams will play a Saturday doubleheader at Scolinos Field beginning at noon.