Sagehens Fall In Slugfest In Final Game Of Redlands Series

Sagehens Fall In Slugfest In Final Game Of Redlands Series

Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore first baseman Simon Rosenbaum continued his torrid hitting by batting 3-for-4 with a homer and a double, but it wasn't enough as the Redlands Baseball team built a big lead early and held on for a 17-10 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Monday afternoon.

With the loss, the Sagehens slip to 5-9 overall on the season and 4-5 in the SCIAC after sweeping a doubleheader at Redlands yesterday. The Bulldogs improve to 5-9 overall and 5-4 in the SCIAC with the win.

Junior shortstop Sam Fox (pictured) was 4-for-5 and freshman center fielder Tanner Nishioka was 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Sagehens in the loss. Connor Hancock hit two home runs for Redlands and was 4-for-6 overall, while Christopher Scalisi was 4-for-5 with three runs scored.

Rosenbaum was 8-for-8 with 10 RBI in yesterday's doubleheader and finished the three-game series 11-for-12 with 12 RBI, including four doubles and two homers. Starting pitcher Josh Makler struck him out in the first inning, the only time all weekend that the Redlands pitching staff was able to retire him (other than a sacrifice fly yesterday).

Hancock homered to start a six-run second inning that gave Redlands command of the game early on. The inning also featured a bases loaded suicide squeeze single from Nathan Bowker and a two-run single from Alex Scheiwe.

Redlands built the lead to 9-0 before the Sagehens got RBI singles from Fox and Nishioka in the fifth. After Rosenbaum was walked, junior designated hitter Jake Bruml lined into a double play as third baseman Mark Tumlinson made a diving grab of a ball heading down the line and his momentum carried him right to third base for the tag.

After Redlands stretched the lead to 14-2 on homers from Sean McMillan and Max Hardman (a three-run shot), the Sagehens were in danger of being mercy ruled (10 runs after seven innings), but they erupted for seven runs in the seventh. Nishioka had a two-run double to left to make it 14-4, and Rosenbaum followed with a mammoth home run that cleared the first row of trees behind the 360-foot fence in left-center. Junior right fielder Timmy Novom then added a three-run shot to make it 14-9.

Pomona-Pitzer scored once more in the eighth inning on an error when the Bulldogs tried to turn two and the throw to first was wild to make the score 14-10, but Jordan Dresner had an RBI single and Hancock followed with a two-run homer to make it 17-10 and squelch the comeback bid.

Redlands had 22 hits on the day and Pomona-Pitzer had 15, including a combined seven home runs (four by Redlands, three by the Sagehens). Makler went 6.1 innings allowing five runs to get the win for the Bulldogs. Jake Dorfman was the most effective of Pomona-Pitzer's six pitchers, allowing only a hit by pitch in his inning of work.

The Sagehens will be back in action for a three-game series with Whittier this weekend, including a road game on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and a doubleheader at Alumni Field on Saturday at 11 a.m.