Sagehens Pull Away From Whittier, Hold On For 10-5 Win

Sagehens Pull Away From Whittier, Hold On For 10-5 Win

Whittier, Calif. – Freshman second baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif. - pictured) was 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team broke the game open in the middle innings and captured a 10-5 win in the SCIAC opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Whittier.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 2-0-1 on the season, including 1-0 in the SCIAC, while Whittier slips to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.  

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 1-0 after the first, but scored two runs in the fourth to take the lead, and then broke the game open with five runs in the fifth, all of which came with two outs. Senior third baseman James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) started the two-inning rally with an RBI double to make the score 3-1, and junior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) followed with another RBI double.

Freshman first baseman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) then hit a two-run shot for his first career homer to make the score 6-1, and after an error, Lopez hit an RBI double to cap off the inning.

The Sagehens added three more runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Lopez added his third RBI of the day on a run-scoring single and sophomore left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) followed with a two-run single to push the lead to 10-1.

The Poets struck first in the bottom half of the opening inning, when Cory Goodchild singled in an unearned run off Sagehen senior starter Travis Rooke-Ley (Eugene, Ore.).

Whittier starter Ryan Schwenn did not allow a hit through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the top of the fourth by loading the bases with nobody out. Junior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) led off with a walk, and Campbell followed with a single before a walk to Gentili loaded the bases.

After a flyout from Bruml, senior designated hitter Ben Cohen (Camarillo, Calif.) hit a grounder to shortstop that was mishandled to allow Munzer to score with the tying run, and Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to give Pomona-Pitzer its first lead at 2-1.

Whittier scored three runs in the eighth inning off the Pomona-Pitzer bullpen to close within 10-4, and then added a single run in the ninth, but could come no closer.

Rooke-Ley went seven innings, allowing seven hits and no earned runs while striking out five to improve to 2-0 on the season. Campbell was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Bruml was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer. Goodchild was 4-for-5 with two RBI for Whittier in a losing cause.

The teams will complete their three game weekend series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Pomona-Pitzer, beginning at 11 a.m.