Gentili Powers Sagehens To Series Sweep Of CMS

Gentili Powers Sagehens To Series Sweep Of CMS

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer baseball team struck early and often in game one of a doubleheader against rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and enacted the ten run rule, winning 13-3 after the seven innings.

Pomona-Pitzer also came back to win the nightcap 5-4 to complete the doubleheader sweep, as junior Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to break a tie for the winning run. Gentili also started the offensive onslaught in the first game with a three-run homer in the first.

With their record sitting at 19-11-1 after the three game sweep, and 13-8 in the SCIAC, the Sagehens look to finish off their season strong with the hope of winning SCIAC (La Verne currently leads at 17-4). CMS drops to 12-21 with the two losses, including 7-14 in league play.

Jumping out to an early lead, the Sagehens never looked back, scoring in the sixth and seventh innings to complete the ten run margin. Gentili hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to score E.J. Lopez (Fresno, CA) and Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, CA) and give the Sagehens a 3-0 lead. The home run was Gentili's fifth on the year.

In the top of the fourth, starting pitcher Jake Bruml (San Mateo, CA) ran into serious trouble for the first time in the game after CMS scored their first run and threatened to add more with runners on first and second and no outs. Bruml worked out of the jam, though, heading into the bottom of the fourth with a 6-1 lead.

Ultimately, Bruml would leave in the sixth with the line on the day of five innings pitched, six hits and three earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts. Bruml benefited from some incredible defense including a diving catch by Munzer that left the crowd too stunned to react. Guy Stevens (Lafayette, Calif.) closed out the final two innings, allowing one hit, to get the save after coming in with the score 6-3.

After a six RBI game yesterday in his first game back from injury, senior James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, TN) had another impressive offensive game, hitting a bases-loaded, two-run double to stretch the lead to 8-3 and ending with four RBI.

The nightcap of Sataurday's doubleheader turned out to be more of a challenge for the Sagehens after blowouts in the first two games of the series. CMS jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off starting pitcher Stuart Gano (Lakewood, WA). After adding one more run, the Sagehens started getting the bats going, bringing in four runs, the last coming on a RBI single up the middle for Mike Moyer (Oakland, CA). Answering right back, the Stags batted one to the plate in the top of the third, tying the score at four all.

After several innings of good pitching from both sides, the Sagehens broke the tie on a sacrifice fly from Gentili that scored Moyer, giving them a 5-4 lead. Stevens, who had come on in relief for the second time on the afternoon, earned the win by striking out the first two batters on off-speed pitches and induced a weak ground ball to end the game. The Sagehens charged out of the dugout to congratulate the team and celebrate the sweep.

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action when it begins its final stretch of SCIAC play with single games at Occidental on Friday and Whittier on Saturday.