Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) broke a 4-4 tie with an opposite-field double in the seventh as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team won the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Redlands 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Pomona-Pitzer then scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-3 win in the nightcap, which was shortened to seven innings. With the wins, the Sagehens improve to 10-3 overall and 6-3 in the SCIAC after falling in the opener of the three game series yesterday 13-9 when the Bulldogs rallied from a 9-1 deficit. Redlands falls to 6-7 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Senior outfielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif. - pictured) was 5-for-9 in the doubleheader with a home run, while freshman Simon Rosenbaum (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) continued his impressive rookie season by batting 5-for-8 and earning a complete game win on the mound in the nightcap.
With two on and none out after sophomore Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) and Rosenbaum led off with singles, Lopez took an outside pitch just inside the right field line to score the go-ahead run. Sophomore shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.) then hit a high chopper to third, and Rosenbaum slid in under the tag to make the score 6-4.
Pomona-Pitzer had the bases loaded with none out, before Redlands was able to escape with no further damage as reliever Josh Makler came on to get a strikeout and a 1-2-3 double play. However, senior pitcher Stuart Gano (Lakewood, Wash.) was able to finish off the final two innings to get the win in relief.
Redlands twice had the tying run at the plate, in the ninth, but a double play got the first two outs, and after a double from Eliot Smith, Gano got a groundout to shortstop to end the game.
Moyer and senior outfielder Nick Genitli (Glendale, Calif.) were each 3-for-5 in the opening game for the Sagehens, while Moyer had his second home run of the year to tie the game 3-3 in the third. After Redlands took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth, sophomore second baseman Ryan Madden (Oakland, Calif.) had an RBI single to knot the game up in the bottom half.
Freshman Cameron Yen (Placentia, Calif.) threw six solid innings, allowing two earned runs, but took the no-decision. Kyle Hart took the loss for Redlands.
The nightcap started off with back-to-back doubles from Moyer and Gentili to make the score 1-0. Rosenbaum added an RBI single, Lopez hit an RBI double, and junior catcher Coleman Lukas (Berkeley, Calif.) added a two-run double to key a five-run first inning.
With the score 7-2, Bruml led off the fourth inning with a solo homer to straightaway center and Rosenbaum nearly made it back-to-back but hit the top of the wall for a double. Lopez then tacked on an RBI single and Lukas added an RBI single as well to make it 11-2.
Gentili capped off the game with a two-run double down the right field line in the seventh as the ball hit first base and caromed past Smith down the line, making the score 13-3 and enforcing the 10-run rule.
Rosenabaum threw seven innings to get the win and improve to 4-0 this season on the mound. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter, while striking out three.
Pomona-Pitzer had seven starters record multi-hit games in the nightcap, as Rosenbaum led the way with a 3-for-4 effort and six other players had two hits. Lukas was 2-for-4 with three RBI, Moyer was 2-for-4 and three runs scored, and Gentili was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.
The Sagehens will be back in action next weekend for a three-game series with Whittier, beginning with a home game on Friday at 2:30 p.m.