CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team fell 10-8 to non-conference opponent Ithaca College in the opening game of the California Classic on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 6-11 overall and Ithaca improves to 2-2.
The Bombers were led by Andrew Bailey who went 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in the win.
A wild ninth inning ended up deciding this one as the Sagehens entered the ninth with a 6-5 lead and looking for a save to steal the first game of the California Classic. The Bombers caught fire in the ninth as they plated five runners on three RBI singles and a RBI triple to take a 10-6 lead.
The Sagehens did not go quietly however as they came back to quickly score two runs as Nishioka homered to left field to bring in two but the Sagehens couldn't keep the rally going and fell to Ithaca.
The Sagehens got on the board early on in their first at-bats as Nishioka got on with a walk and was then doubled home by Hulse to give Pomona-Pitzer a 1-0 lead.
The bombers quickly responded in the top of the second as they scored two runs on four hits in the inning and took over the lead at 2-1.
Ithaca got two more in its next at-bats as they singled to center field but an error on the field and the throw costed the Sagehens another run as Ithaca took a 4-1 lead in the third.
Pomona-Pitzer had its big inning in the bottom of the fourth as Yoshihara singled home Hulse and then two-straight bases loaded walks brought home two Sagehens and then a wild pitch and an RBI single plated two more as the Sagehens went on top 6-4.
The Bombers cut the lead down to one after Webb Little brought home Dougherty on a ground out before Ithaca had their big inning in the top of the ninth.
Up Next: The Sagehens continue the California Class as they next host non-conference opponent Southern Vermont on Wednesday, March 15th at 1:00 p.m.