Claremont, Calif. - The No. 16-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team had eight doubles (and a homer) as it took the nightcap of a doubleheader at La Verne 15-4 on Saturday afternoon.
La Verne won the opening game of the twinbill 6-1 as it evened the weekend series at a game apiece (the Sagehens won at home yesterday 5-4), before the Sagehens were able to take the rubber game. With the split, Pomona-Pitzer moves to 19-7 overall and 12-6 in the SCIAC, while winning its last four conference series, all two games to one. La Verne moves to 15-9 overall and 9-6 in league play.
Pomona-Pitzer was able to salvage a split despite not having its usual No. 2 and No. 3 starters. The team's No. 2 starter, freshman Cameron Yen (Placentia, Calif.), has missed the last two weeks with a minor injury and was unavailable today. The usual No. 3 starter, freshman Simon Rosenbaum (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), moved up to No. 2, but was pulled with two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning with an injury and the score 0-0.
The runners he left on base scored, which meant that he ended up suffering his first collegiate loss after a 5-0 start, as La Verne took the opener 6-1 behind a complete-game six-hitter from Sean Beckman.
The second game was all Sagehens from the start. Senior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, four runs scored and three RBI. Senior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) was 3-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI. Sophomore third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) was 2-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, and sophomore first baseman was Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) was 2-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.
Munzer got the offense started in the first with an RBI single, scoring senior left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.), who led off the game with a single. A Lopez two-run double in the third stretched the lead to 3-0, and the Sagehens broke it open with a six-run fourth, keyed by a two-run double from Gentili and RBI doubles from Bruml and Munzer.
Junior Drew Helgren (Seattle, Wash.) got the start and kept the Leopards at bay for the first three innings, before being relieved in the fourth, while senior Collin Majev (Baltimore, Md.) threw 2.1 innings of shutout relief to get the win.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next weekend for a three-game series with Caltech.