La Verne Rallies Late To Defeat Pomona-Pitzer

La Verne Rallies Late To Defeat Pomona-Pitzer

La Verne, Calif. - The La Verne Baseball team scored three runs in the seventh inning to take a 5-3 lead and captured a 6-3 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon. 

The loss drops the Sagehens to 15-22 on the season and 11-15 in league play, while La Verne improves to 17-19 and 14-12 in the SCIAC. 

Junior third baseman E.J. Lopez (pictured) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored two runs, as the Sagehens scored all three of their runs via sacrifice fly.  Kevin Brice tied the score 2-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Lopez, and Travis Bowers added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to push Pomona-Pitzer in front 3-2. 

George Holland, though, had a two-run double to key a three-run seventh as the Leopards took the lead for good.  La Verne added an insurance run in the eighth, and Brett Early got the final two outs to close the door in the ninth to pick up the save in relief of Mark Jebbia (8.1 innings, five hits allowed).

Jake Bruml took a tough luck loss as he left the game in the seventh with a 3-2 lead but the two runners he left on base both came home on the Holland double. Bruml also added a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the game in the top of the first.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action tomorrow to face Chapman in a 3 p.m. contest.