It’s the End of the Road for Toros : Baseball: Cal State Dominguez Hills’ hopes for a berth in postseason play are dashed by Cal State Los Angeles, 9-4.


The Cal State Dominguez Hills baseball team went into Wednesday’s makeup game against Cal State Los Angeles needing a victory to keep alive hopes of a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

But the Golden Eagles, who are in last place in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn., were ready to play the role of spoiler.

Cal State L.A. scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning and defeated Dominguez Hills, 9-4, at Carson.


The fifth-place Toros, who went into their final four games of the conference season with an outside chance of finishing second, fell to 27-25-1 and 12-15 in the CCAA. The Golden Eagles are 17-30-1 and 9-18.

“We had plenty of opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of them,” Dominguez Hills Coach George Wing said. “It was just a matter of time before they broke through and they finally bit us.”

Dominguez Hills had rallied twice to tie the score. Trailing, 1-0, in the first inning, the Toros got a two-out single from first baseman Ariel Martin to score Greg Bergeron from second.

After the Golden Eagles took a 3-1 lead with runs in the third and fourth innings, the Toros pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Catcher Shawn Wickoff drove in the first run on a triple to left-center field that scored Martin, who had reached base on a walk. Wickoff scored two batters later on a bunt by left fielder Eric Shibley.

Dominguez Hills had an opportunity to take the lead with runners on first and third and two outs, but Bergeron hit a fly ball to left field.


The Toros had another chance to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth with two outs and a runner on second, only to see the threat end on a ground out to third by shortstop Jose Lara.

The Golden Eagles used seven hits and an error to break the 3-3 tie in the eighth.

Center fielder Johnny Hilo led off with a double and scored on a triple by third baseman David Barajas. The Golden Eagles scored their final five runs with two outs.

It was the Toros’ third loss in a row to the Golden Eagles.

“They have given us fits in the second half of the (conference) season,” Wing said. “They swept us in the second half and I guess that’s why we’re where we are instead of first place.”

The Toros are 2-11 in conference play since leading the CCAA by 2 1/2 games on April 9. Dominguez Hills has a three-game series beginning Friday with second-place Cal Poly Pomona (15-12).