LOS ANGELES, CA — Tanner Nishioka finished the day with three home runs, Bryce Rogan and Jeremiah Quezada each hit two, and the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team rolled on its way to a pair of wins on the road against the Occidental Tigers.
Nishioka leads NCAA Division III with 18 home runs and ranks in the top-10 in hits (66) and RBI (53). He is also in the top-20 in runs (48) and batting average (.458).
Season Impact: With the wins the Sagehens improve to 18-18 overall and 10-11 in SCIAC play. The Tigers fall to 22-14 overall and 13-8 in the SCIAC.
Game One: Pomona-Pitzer 5, Occidental 3
Nishioka left the yard twice, Rogan added one home run, and the Sagehens never trailed in a 5-3 win over the Tigers in game one.
Nishioka finished the game 3-5 at the plate with three RBI. The senior hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to extend the Sagehens' lead to 3-1, and hit another solo shot in eighth to retake the lead after the Tigers tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh.
Rogan added an insurance run for Pomona-Pitzer in the top half in the final inning with his own solo home run. Rogan finished the game 2-4 at the plate with a walk and two runs.
The Sagehens got on the board early, plating two runners in the top of the first inning. Kevin Jordan got the Pomona-Pitzer offense started with a lead off single, followed by a walk by Rogan. Nishioka brought in Jordan with a double to center. First baseman Cade Hulse then hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Rogan.
The Tigers added a run in the first, sixth, and seventh innings to tie the game before Nishioka hit his second home run to give Pomona-Pitzer the lead for good.
Freshman Jeremy Jess went six and two thirds innings in his start, striking out three with just one walk while earning his fifth win of the season. Freshman Luka Green picked up a save. Casey Hershfield stepped in for one and a third innings of relief.
The Sagehens finished the game with nine hits. Right fielder Brian Knapp had a solid day batting, finishing with two hits.
Game Two: Pomona-Pitzer 19, Occidental 8
The Sagehens exploded for nine runs and 10 hits in the first inning on the way to a dominating win over Occidental in game two. Pomona-Pitzer finished the game with 19 hits.
Jeremiah Quezada led the Sagehens going an outstanding 4-5 at the plate with two jacks, five RBI, four runs, a double, and a walk. Cade Hulse added a 3-5 performance with four RBI, four runs, and a walk. Bryce Rogan finished 3-6 with five RBI, a home run, and three runs scored.
Pomona-Pitzer did its damage early. In the top of the first, clean-up batter Quezada stepped up to the plate with the bases juiced after the first three batters each reached base safely. The freshman singled to center to score Adam Hinthorne for the opening lead. Hinthorne finished 2-3 at the plate with four runs and two walks.
A two-RBI single by Rob Simsiman and a three-run home run by Rogan in his second time up in the inning made it 9-0 and the rout was on.
The Tigers chipped away at the lead scoring six runs through the first three innings, but the Sagehens scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to go up 17-3.
In the fifth, Rogan hit a sacrifice fly that scored Brian Knapp. With the bases loaded, Hulse doubled to left center to score Hinthorne, Nishioka, and Quezada. Knapp went 2-4 with three runs scored, and a walk.
Quezada hit his first home run of the day in the sixth, hitting a three-run bomb that scored Rogan and Hinthorne.
The Sagehens added back-to-back solo shots in the top of the eighth first by Nishioka and followed by Quezada. Nishioka finished the day with two hits and three runs scored.
Connor Woods picked up the win for the Sagehens, striking out three batters.
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