Baseball: Sagehens Drop Opening SCIAC Series To Chapman

Photo by Bruce Hulse
Photo by Bruce Hulse

ORANGE, CA. -- The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team fell in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) double header to Chapman University on Saturday afternoon at Hart Park.

Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens drop to 4-9 overall and 0-3 in conference play while Chapman improves to 9-2 overall and remains in first place in conference play at 6-0.

The Sagehens were led by junior Cade Hulse and freshman Tyler Yoshihara who each had one hit in the loss.

The Panthers were led by Jared Love who went 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored for Chapman in the win.

The Sagehens got out to a rocky start as the Panthers jumped out to a big lead early on as they plated one run in the first and six runs in the second on just three total hits.

Chapman got two more in the bottom of the third on a RBI double by Wiehe followed by a sacrifice fly by Stream to extend the Panthers' lead to 8-0.

Chapman got two more in the fifth and one run in the sixth as they made it 11 unanswered runs by the Sagehens until Pomona-Pitzer scored their first run of the game in the top of the seventh as junior Adam Hinthorne grounded out to bring home junior Matt Omori but Chapman held on to take game one of the double header in seven innings.

Game Two:

The Sagehens were led by Omori who went 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Also with two hits was junior Bryce Rogan who went 2-5 with a RBI and two runs scored.  

The Panthers were led by Stream who went 3-4 with three RBI in the win.

Chapman got out to an early lead again in game two as they struck in the first inning with a RBI double followed by a RBI triple to take a 2-0 lead. The Panthers added one more in the bottom of the fourth as they scored on a double steal to push the lead to 3-0.

The Panthers added two more to their total after Gavin Blodgett hit a solo home run and Stream singled home Tyler Cook as Chapman extended its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth.

The Sagehens got on the board in a big way in the top of the sixth as they loaded the bases and cashed in on five runs after RBI's from Cade Hulse, Nolan McCafferty and Omori to tie the game up at 5-5.

Pomona-Pitzer then took the lead after Rogan tripled down the right field line to score Adam Hinthorne and Tanner Nishioka singled home Rogan to give the Sagehens their first lead of the game at 7-5.

The Panthers responded with one run in the bottom of the seventh and then reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the eighth after back to back RBI singles and a bases loaded walk gave the Panthers a late 9-7 lead.

The Sagehens brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the ninth but were unable to come up with a big hit late in the ball game as the Sagehens dropped their eighth-straight loss of the season.

Up Next: The Sagehens next continue SCIAC play as they travel to Whittier on Friday, March 3rd at 2:30 p.m.