Nishioka Homers Early, But La Verne Prevails

Nishioka Homers Early, But La Verne Prevails

La Verne, Calif. - Freshman Tanner Nishioka (pictured) homered on the first pitch of the game, but that was all the offense the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team could muster as it fell 6-1 at La Verne on Friday in a game played at Rio Hondo College.

The loss drops the Sagehens to 9-15 overall on the season and 5-11 in the SCIAC. La Verne improves to 11-12 overall and 7-5 in league play.

La Verne was able to respond to the early home run with two runs in the first and two in the second to sieze any early momentum the Sagehens may have had. An error tied the game, and Pedro Espinoza singled in the first to give the Leopards the lead for good. Jared Hovsepian tacked on an RBI single in a two-run second to make the score 4-1.

The Sagehens only had one threat the rest of the way, as two runners reached with nobody out in the eighth, but Brett Early came out of the bullpen to get a strikeout and a double play to end the threat and then closed the door in the ninth.

Timmy Novom was the only Sagehen with more than one hit, as he finished the game 2-for-4. Starting pitcher Jake Bruml struck out 10 in five innings for Pomona-Pitzer, but only two of the five runs he allowed were earned.

The two teams will complete a three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Alumni Field, beginning at 11 a.m.