Sagehens Settle For Split At Whittier

Sagehens Settle For Split At Whittier

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team received two strong pitching performances from its freshmen starters, but settled for a doubleheader split at Whittier on Saturday.

Cameron Yen (Placentia, Calif.) went the distance to get the win in a 3-1 victory in the opening game of the twinbill, and Simon Rosenbaum (Los Altos, Calif.) left with a 3-2 lead after seven innings in the nightcap, but Whittier scored two in the eighth to get a 4-3 win.

With the split, Pomona-Pitzer moves to 12-4 on the season and 8-4 in the SCIAC, while Whittier moves to 8-8 overall and 6-3 in league play.

After giving up a run in the first, Yen was dominant the rest of the way, allowing no more runs to improve to 3-1 on the season, allowing six hits while striking out five and walking one. Rosenbaum hit a two-run double in the fifth to give Pomona-Pitzer the lead for good, and senior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) added an RBI double in the eighth for some insurance.

Whittier put two on with two out in the eighth on a hit by pitch and an infield single, but Yen got out of that jam with a grounder to Rosenbaum. In the ninth, Whittier led off with a single, and two outs later, another single put runners on the corners and brought the winning run to the plate, but Yen induced a grounder to shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y. ) to end the game.

Gentili was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the opener, while junior catcher Travis Bowers (Palo Alto, Calif.) was 2-for-3.

In the nightcap, Rosenbaum allowed a solo homer in the second, but settled in and allowed just one more run on a wild pitch in the fifth, which tied the score 2-2. Pomona-Pitzer took a  3-2 lead in the top of the eighth as junior catcher Coleman Lukas (Berkeley, Calif.) led off with a single and went to third on an errant pickoff before beating a throw home on a grounder from Fox.

However, the Sagehens were unable to hold it as four walks led to a run in the bottom of the eighth, and a two-out bases-loaded single from Chris Jensen brought home the eventual winning run. Rosenbaum hit a two-out double to keep Pomona-Pitzer's hopes alive in the ninth, but a groundout ended the game.

Rosenbaum and sophomore first baseman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) were each 2-for-5 in the nightcap, while Fox had a pair of RBI.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Monday for a non-league home game against Ithaca at 3 p.m.