It came down to the final day of the season, but the Cal State Stanislaus baseball team earned a trip to the conference tournament.
The Warriors defeated host Cal Poly Pomona 13-8 on Sunday to clinch a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship tournament for the first time since 2003.
Sunday's decision matched a school record for wins in a season for the Warriors (36-19, 24-12 CCAA), who finished fourth in the CCAA and will play Sonoma State at 3 p.m. Thursday in Chico.
David Contreras, Adam Fonville and Jacob Thelen hit home runs for Stanislaus, which pounded the Broncos with 18 hits. Jeff Bellotti went 5 for 5 with three RBIs.
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Leading 10-7 in the eighth, Fonville hit a three-run homer off Sean Hunter that bounced off the glove of left fielder John Daniels and landed over the fence.
The Warriors take plenty of offensive momentum into the CCAA Tournament, having scored 45 runs on 57 hits in four games at Scolinos Field. Stanislaus took three of four games from Cal Poly Pomona (16-31, 13-21 CCAA).
Meanwhile, the Stanislaus softball team, which claimed the CCAA title Saturday, earned the No. 2 seed in the West Region Tournament. Stanislaus, the defending regional champion, begins play Wednesday at the Humboldt State Softball Field in Arcata against No. 7 Seattle at 11 a.m. The game is a rematch of last year's West Region championship.
Despite losing both of its CCAA tournament games, Humboldt State remains the top seed in the West and will play Cal State San Bernardino, which received the at-large berth, at 4:30 p.m.
Three other CCAA teams are in the eight-team field, as well as Seattle and Western Oregon, the co-champions of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Western Oregon, seeded sixth, plays No. 3 Cal State Monterey Bay at 9 a.m., and No. 4 UC San Diego plays No. 5 Cal State Dominguez Hills at 2 p.m.
The West Region tournament winner advances to the national championship tournament in Houston from May 14-17.