Gandy's Homer Spoils Sagehen Comeback

Gandy's Homer Spoils Sagehen Comeback

Claremont, Calif. - Matt Gandy hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Chapman Baseball team an 11-10 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at Alumni Field.

The homer spoiled a terrific day for junior Kenny Rabin, who came into the day with five at-bats on the season and went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and his first collegiate homer (home run swing pictured). Rabin's only out was the last out of the game, a line drive right at center fielder Connor Battaglia.

Pomona-Pitzer slips to 6-13 overall and 4-9 in the SCIAC with the loss, while Chapman moves to 11-7 overall and 9-4 in the SCIAC.

Chapman jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but sophomore first baseman Simon Rosenbaum answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the first, and Rabin cleared the fence in left field with two outs in the second with a two-run shot to make the score 3-2.

Chapman came back with five runs in the fourth to move ahead 7-3, but Pomona-Pitzer answered right back with five more in the bottom of the fourth, as junior right fielder Timmy Novom hit a three-run shot to make it 7-6. Freshman shortstop Tanner Nishioka added an RBI single, and junior third baseman E.J. Lopez was hit by a pitch to make the score 8-7.

John Wiehe had an RBI triple for Chapman to tie the score 8-8 as Novom slipped charging the ball, but Nishioka had RBI singles through the 5-6 hole in both the fifth and the seventh to put the Sagehens ahead 10-8 before Gandy's homer provided the difference.

Pomona-Pitzer hit the ball hard in the ninth inning, as junior designated hitter Jake Bruml flew out to the wall for the first out, and Rabin lined out for the third, but Braden Riddle was able to get the win after 4.1 innings of relief.

Mark Saatzer was 4-for-4 with three runs scored  for Chapman, while Gandy was 3-for-5 with three RBI.

The two teams will complete their three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Chapman.