Offense Comes Alive As Sagehens Salvage Split

Offense Comes Alive As Sagehens Salvage Split

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team erupted for 17 runs, keyed by a three-run homer from Kenny Rabin and a grand slam from Mark Okuma (pictured), as it salvaged a split with La Verne on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. 

La Verne won the opening game 8-1, while the Sagehens were able to take the nightcap 17-3 in a game shortened to seven innings due to the SCIAC's 10-run rule. With the split, the Sagehens are now 14-5 overall on the year and 9-3 in the SCIAC, while La Verne moves to 13-6 overall and 12-3 in league play. 

Rabin hit a three-run homer to cap off a four-run first inning to give Pomona-Pitzer early contol of the game. Okuma added a two-run single in a three-run third to push the lead to 7-0 and then hit a grand slam in the fourth to give him six RBI for the game.

Senior Jake Bruml was the benenficiary of all the offensive support as he cruised along to an easy win, throwing six innings and allowing three harmless runs to improve to 4-0 on the season. Okuma finished 3-for-4 with six RBI, while Rabin was 2-for-3 with four RBI, senior shortstop Sam Fox was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Bruml was 3-for-5 at the plate to support his own cause.  

In the opening game, runs were at a premium for most of the game, as La Verne scored twice in the second with the help of a pair of Pomona-Pitzer errors and led 3-0 going into the eighth before breaking it open with five runs.  Rabin was 2-for-3, and junior outfielder Kevin Brice and sophomore outfielder Tanner Nishioka were each 2-for-4. 

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action on Monday for a non-league home game against Spalding at 11 a.m.