CLAREMONT, CA. – Nolan McCafferty notched a four-hit performance to lead the Sagehens to a 7-4 win over non-conference opponent Castleton on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 5-2 overall in their non-conference schedule as they await their first SCIAC series this weekend against Chapman.
The Sagehens were led by McCafferty who went 4-5 from the plate with two runs scored. Cade Hulse went 2-3 with an RBI and Brian Knapp also had two hits with a 2-5 day including three RBI and his first home run of his career.
Luke Layton got the win for the Sagehens as he went four innings and surrendered two runs on five hits and struck out three batters. Hunter Hennigh finished off the game for the Sagehens as he went 1.2 innings pitched with three strikeouts and no hits to pick up the save.
The Spartans struck first in their first at-bats with an RBI single to take a 1-0 but the Sagehens quickly erased that deficit and took the lead with one swing of the bat as Jeremiah Quezada notched his second home run of the year with a two-run blast to left center to give Pomona-Pitzer a 2-1 lead after the first.
Castleton came back in the third to tie the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly but the Sagehens did their damage in the third, fourth and fifth inning with RBI's by Hulse and Duncan Skerrett on sacrifice flies and Knapp's three-run bomb to right center to take a commanding 7-2 lead heading into the sixth.
The Spartans tried to climb back into the game in the eighth after they got two runs back on a bases loaded single to left field to bring home two runners to cut the lead down to 7-4 but Hennigh came on to close out the eighth and went scoreless in the ninth to seal the win for the Sagehens.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next open up SCIAC play as they take on Chapman for a three-game series starting at Chapman on Friday, February 23rd at 2:30 p.m.