CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team fell in both games to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent La Verne 5-2 and 10-5 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens drop to 16-17 overall and 8-10 in SCIAC play.
The Leopards were led by Christopher Peres who went 4-5 with one run in the win.
The Leopards Struck first in game one as they plated two runners in the top of the second inning with an RBI single by Thomas and a hit batter with the bases loaded brought in the second runner as La Verne jumped on top 2-0.
La Verne pushed its lead to 3-0 after a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth but the Sagehens answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning from a RBI double from senior Tanner Nishioka and a sacrifice fly from junior Cade Hulse cut the lead down to 3-2.
The Leopards went on to add some insurance runs as they added one run in the top of the seventh and the top of the ninth to take a 5-2 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer threatened in the bottom of the ninth as they brought the tying run to the plate but the Leopards held off the Sagehens to hang on for the win.
The Sagehens were led by junior Matt Omori who went 3-5 with a run scored in the loss.
The Leopards were led by Mark Abate who went 2-4 with three RBI and a run scored in the win.
La Verne struck first again in game two as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third after a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded brought in the first run of the game.
Pomona-Pitzer responded two innings later as Rogan shot a line drive into the gap to bring home Omori to tie the game at 1-1.
La Verne reclaimed the lead in their next at-bats as they scored the go-ahead run off of an error and another off of a RBI single up the middle to take a 3-1 lead.
The Sagehens came back to cut the lead down to one run as junior Rob Simsiman doubled home freshman Nolan McCafferty in the bottom of the sixth to trim the lead down to 3-2 but the Leopards tacked on two more after a sacrifice fly and a double down the left field line extended the lead to 5-2.
Pomona-Pitzer came right back to cut the lead down to one run after a RBI double from Hulse followed by a RBI single from Simsiman brought the score down to 5-4.
The Sagehens scored in their fourth-straight inning and tied the game at 5-5 as Nishioka singled down the left field line to bring in Hinthorne to even up the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The game took a turn as the Leopards came up in extra innings and put up five runs in the top of the 10th as they took both games at Alumni Field during the double header.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they next host Occidental on Friday, April 21st at 3:00 p.m.