Sagehens Take Two Shortened Games From Caltech

Sagehens Take Two Shortened Games From Caltech

Claremont, Calif. - The 15th-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team won two 10-run games over Caltech, taking the opener 12-2 in seven innings and the nightcap 14-4 in eight innings on Saturday.

With the wins, the Sagehens improve to 22-7 on the year, and 15-6 in the SCIAC. Caltech slips to 1-22 overall and 0-18 in the SCIAC with the losses.

Senior Stuart Gano (Lakewood, Wash.) threw a complete game in the opener to improve to 2-1 on the year, while junior Drew Helgren (Seattle, Wash. - pictured) threw five innings and allowed just one hit to get the win in the nightcap.

Although the final scores were lopsided, Caltech did hang around in both games for awhile. In fact, the opener was 4-2 in the seventh inning, when freshman right fielder Kevin Brice (Tucson, Ariz.) threw out a runner trying to score on a sacrifice fly, which would have cut it to 4-3.

However, the Sagehens finally erupted with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away. Freshman Isaac Levy-Rubinett (Austin, Texas) started the inning with a single and later walked, while senior Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) and senior Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) each had two hits in the inning.  Sophomore E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) and sophomore Ryan Madden (Oakland, Calif.) added RBI doubles in the inning.

Gentili was 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Sagehen offense in the opener, while senior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The nightcap saw Caltech get a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Blaine Matulevich led off with a single off of Helgren (the only hit he would allow), before stealing second, moving to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a groundout.

However, Moyer and Gentili picked up where they left off at the end of the first game with back-to-back singles, this time both on bunts. Sophomore designated hitter Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) followed with an RBI double, and Munzer singled up the middle to score two more.

Pomona-Pitzer added single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth to push the lead to 8-1, before Caltech scored twice in the seventh on a two-run double from Brice. Caltech scored one more in the eighth, but the Sagehens ended the game with a four-run bottom half, keyed by a two-run single from Munzer.

Munzer was 3-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBI, and Brice was 2-for-4 with four RBI in the nightcap. Gentili had his second straight three-hit game (3-for-5, three runs scored), while Madden was 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action next weekend for a three-game home series against Linfield, the current No. 1 team in NCAA Division III.