Sagehens Split Two Nail-Biters At Tucson Invitational Games

Sagehens Split Two Nail-Biters At Tucson Invitational Games

Tucson, Ariz. – The No. 18 Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team had a pair of eighth-inning comebacks but ended up with a split, falling to Buena Vista 4-3 in 10 innings and defeating Gustavus Adolphus 5-4 at the Tucson Invitational Games.

With the split, Pomona-Pitzer, which came into the weekend ranked No. 18 by the American Baseball Coaches Association (and No. 26 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association), moves to 17-6 on the year, including 2-1 at the Tucson Invitational Games after defeating Macalaster 11-2 on Friday. Buena Vista improves to 4-2 with the win, while Gustavus Adolphus falls to 2-9 with the loss.

The Sagehens played as the home team in both games, and trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth in the first game against Buena Vista, and then were down 4-1 in the second game to Gustavus Adolphus, but came back both times. In the opener, senior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) hit a clutch two-run double to tie the score, but was left stranded. The game went to extra innings before Buena Vista scored the winning run in the top of the tenth.

In the nightcap against Gustavus Adolphus, sophomore designated hitter Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) jump-started the offense when he hit an RBI triple off the wall to begin the four-run eighth inning rally, making the score 4-2 and came home on a passed ball to cut the lead to one. The Sagehens then put runners on first and second with nobody out, and took advantage of a pair of Gustavus Adolphus miscues in the field to take the 5-4 lead.

Sophomore Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif.), who came on in relief in the top of the eighth and got out of a bases-loaded jam with only a sacrifice fly, then closed the door in the ninth to pick up the win.

Freshman Simon Rosenbaum (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) started the opener and threw well, but his perfect 5-0 collegiate record as a pitcher was in jeopardy before Gentili was able to take him off the hook with the tying double.