Baseball: Sagehens Win Home Opener 6-0 Against Puget Sound

Baseball: Sagehens Win Home Opener 6-0 Against Puget Sound

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team began 2017 with a 6-0 win in their home opener against non-conference opponent Puget Sound on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field. 

Senior David Gerics got the ball for game one and put on a show in his first outing. The senior ace went eight scoreless innings, only surrendered four hits and struck out 12 batters. Senior Casey Hershfield came on to relieve Gerics to start the ninth and he went one inning with no hits to close out the game.

The Sagehens were led by freshman Nolan McCafferty who went 3-4 to start the year with two runs scored. Junior Cade Hulse went 2-4 with an RBI and freshman Brian Knapp went 2-4 with a run scored.

The Loggers had four hitters each earn one hit off of Gerics.

The Sagehens struck first in the bottom of the third inning as two errors by the Loggers allowed the Sagehens to get two runners on base. The Sagehens took advantage of the Loggers errors and cashed in on back to back hits by junior Bryce Rogan and Hulse to give Pomona-Pitzer a 2-0 lead.

The Sagehens struck again in the sixth after a lead off hit by Knapp allowed McCafferty to drive in Knapp on a single up the middle as Knapp was waved around third and avoided the tag to give the Sagehens a 3-0 lead.

Pomona-Pitzer tacked on two more in the inning as junior Adam Hinthorne followed that up with a single to right field to bring home McCafferty and Hinthorne then scored after a throwing error by the Loggers' shortstop to extend the lead to 5-0.

The Sagehens added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after freshman Ezra Steinberg hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score McCafferty as the Sagehens impressed in their home opener against Puget Sound.

Up Next: The Sagehens will continue their series with the Loggers as they host Puget Sound for a double header on Saturday February 4th with games beginning at 11:00 a.m.