CLAREMONT, CA. -- The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team bounced back with two wins against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman by the scores of 9-7 and 9-4 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Season impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 7-3 overall and 2-1 to start SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Jeremy Jess who went 3-5 with three RBI and one run scored in the win. Brian Knapp also had multi-hit game as he went 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in the win. Nicholas Radich got the ball for game one and turned out an incredible performance as he went five innings and gave up three runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Hunter Hennigh entered the game late and went 1.2 innings for the save.
The Sagehens got the first run of the game in the very first inning as a throwing error by Chapman allowed for the Sagehens to take a 1-0 lead. Pomona-Pitzer would add three more to that total just an inning later after Knapp brought in Duncan Skerrett on a sacrifice fly and then Nolan McCafferty continued his hot streak with a double to right center to plate two more to extend the lead to 4-0.
Pomona-Pitzer plated three more runners in the fourth with RBI's from Jess and Rob Simsiman and two more in the fifth after an error and a Jess RBI double to push the lead to a commanding 9-0 after five innings of play.
Radich began to tire in the top of the sixth and the Panthers were able to get a few runners on the bases. After an RBI double and groundout to score one more, the Panthers hit a three-run homer to cap off a five-run inning to cut the lead down to just 9-5.
Chapman added two more in the eight on an infield single and a passed ball but Hennigh entered the game and shut down the Panthers in the eighth and the ninth to lock down the win for the Sagehens in game one.
The Sagehens were led by Jack Hanley who went 3-5 with two runs scored in the win. McCafferty went 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Knapp and Adam Hinthorne went 2-5 as well. Tyler Yoshihara picked up the win, his second of the season, as he went 5.1 innings gave up four runs on three hits and tallied three strikeouts.
The Sagehens scored again in the bottom of the first as Cade hulse grounded into a fielder's choice to score the first run of the game but the Panthers responded in their next at-bats with a two-run shot to left center to take their first lead of the day at 2-1 in the top of the second.
The Chapman lead didn't last very long as the Sagehens came back in the bottom half of the inning and plated three runs after an error tied the game at 2-2 and an RBI groundout by Knapp and a single by McCafferty gave the Sagehens a 4-2 lead.
Chapman chipped away with a run in the top of the fifth and the sixth with a home run and a run off of a Sagehen error to cut the lead to 6-4 but the Sagehens scored one in the sixth and Jess came up with a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Sagehens a 9-4 lead and put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next take on Puget Sound on Sunday, February 24th at 11:00 a.m.