Sagehens Build Big Leads, Hold On For Sweep

Sagehens Build Big Leads, Hold On For Sweep

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team led 8-2 early in the opening game and 11-0 early in the nightcap and had to hold off late rallies from CMS to earn a doubleheader sweep of 10-6 and 15-13 on Saturday afternoon at Arce Field. 

The Sagehens, who also won 13-3 in the first game of the series, are now 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the SCIAC and have scored 10 runs or more in each of their last four games. CMS remains winless, falling to 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the conference. 

Pomona-Pitzer never relinquished their leads in either game, but CMS closed to within 8-6 in the opener and 13-12 in the nightcap before the Sagehens got some late insurance runs. Sophomore Kevin Jordan (pictured) hit his first career homer in the top of the eighth of the nightcap to put Pomona-Pitzer back ahead 15-12, which proved to be the difference as CMS scored one time in the bottom half of the eighth and had the go-ahead run at the plate, but Simon Rosenbaum was able to get a strikeout for the save and the game was called due to darkness after eight innings. 

In the opener, CMS took a 1-0 lead in the first before junior Kevin Brice tied it with an RBI single in the second. After the Stags went back ahead 2-1, the Sagehens scored six times in the third to take control, keyed by a three-run homer from senior Mark Okuma, his second round-tripped in as many days.  Brice and senior second baseman Kenny Rabin added RBI singles in the inning. 

Senior shortstop Sam Fox added an RBI single in the fourth to make it 8-2, where it stayed until the Stags scored three times in the seventh to close within 8-5. Sophomore David Gerics came on in relief and allowed a solo homer in the eighth to Trey Smith, but after a double from Evan Opperman, he retired the final five batters in order to get the save, as junior Cameron Yen was able to earn the win.

Brice finished 3-for-5 with two RBI in the opener, while Rabin was 2-for-3, Fox was 2-for-4, and Okuma was 2-for-5 with his homer. 

The nightcap appearted to be all Sagehens as they scored six times in the first, three when Jordan's fly ball was mishandled allowing the bases to clear, and then five times in the second, keyed by a three-run double from Rabin. Fox capped it off with an RBI single to make it 11-0 after only two innings.   

CMS, though, scored seven runs in the fourth to quickly make a game of it. Senior third baseman E.J. Lopez had an RBI single in the fifth, and Jordan had a sac fly in the sixth around a CMS run to make it 13-8, but the Stags scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh to pull within a single run, before Jordan's clutch homer gave the Sagehens the breathing room they needed.

Sophomore center fielder Tanner Nishioka was 3-for-6 in the nightcap, while Fox, Lopez, and senior designated hitter Jake Bruml each had two hits. Nick Olmanson got the win in relief for the Sagehens, while Rosenbaum earned the save.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action on Wednesday for a non-league game against Bates, before a three-game series with Redlands over the weekend, including a home doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.