CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9-8 on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 13-15 overall and 5-8 in SCIAC play this season.
The Stags were led by Evan Opperman who went 3-4 with two solo home runs in the loss for the Stags.
The Sagehens gave their ace an early as the offense struck for two runs in the bottom of the first as junior Cade Hulse singled home Nishioka and freshman Nolan McCafferty laced a double off of the left field wall to bring in Hulse to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead after the first.
The Stags got on the board in the top of the fourth as they plated three runners in the inning to take the lead after a solo home run by Oppermann and RBI singles from DeGallier and Novograda to give CMS a 3-2 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer responded in their next at-bats as Nishioka singled through the left side to bring in Hinthorne to tie the game at 3-3 and then took a one-run lead as McCafferty grounded out with the bases loaded to bring home Jordan to take a 4-3 lead.
Opperman came back for the Stags and hit his second solo home run of the game down the left field line to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth but the Sagehens broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth as McCafferty singled to left field to bring in Rogan and Nishioka to reclaim the lead at 6-4.
The Sagehens added one more in the inning as freshman Jeremiah Quezada snuck a sharply hit ball past the third basement that brought in McCafferty to extend the lead to 7-4.
The Stags once again tied the game in the top of the seventh as back to back RBI singles and a sacrifice fly plated three runners in the inning and tied the game at 7-7.
The Sagehens answered to take the lead late as Quezada hit a sharp line drive to the outfield that rolled to the wall after a failed diving attempt by the Stags' center fielder to bring in McCafferty to give the Sagehens an 8-7 lead. The Sagehens pushed that lead to 9-7 heading into the ninth after Hinthorne singled on a ball to third base that scored Quezada.
The Stags threatened in the ninth as Smith singled to third base to bring home a base runner but Green was able to close out the game and take the first game off a three-game series for the Sagehens.
Up Next: The Sagehens will complete the series as they travel to CMS for a double header on Saturday, April 8th at 11:00 a.m.Download the Sagehen App Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Get the Sagehen Scoop