WHITTIER, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team completed the sweep over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier College with a 3-1 and 10-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Hugh B. Mendez Field.
Season Impact: With the wins, the Sagehens improve to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
The Sagehens were led by Jeremiah Quezada who went 3-4 with two RBI's in the win.
Nicholas Radich got the start for the Sagehens in game one and turned out an amazing outing with eight innings and only gave up one run on five hits with five strikeouts. Hunter Hennigh came on in the ninth for the save and only gave up one hit in his only inning.
The Sagehens played from behind for nearly the entire game as the Poets got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.
The Sagehens' offense was kept quiet until the seventh inning when Quezada singled in the tying run with an RBI to left field to tie the game. The Sagehens went on to take the lead in the eighth as Duncan Skerrett doubled to center field to bring in Hennigh and the Sagehens added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Quezada brought in Brian Knapp on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Poets brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but Hennigh shut down Whittier in the ninth to seal the win for the Sagehens in game one.
Tyler Yoshihara got the start on the mound in game two and went eight innings and only gave up one run on six hits with eight striekouts for the win.
The bats heated up for the Sagehens in game two as they came out and plated five runs in the third inning. Hennigh, Stone and Patterson-Kohout all notched RBI singles in the inning while Whittier walked in a run with the bases loaded to help give the Sagehens a 5-0 lead.
The Poets got one back in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI off of a ground out but Pomona-Pitzer added three more in the sixth off of a fielder's choice and an RBI double to left field by Hennigh to extend the lead to 8-1.
The Sagehen offense didn't stop there as they piled on in the ninth with two more runs after an RBI double by Rob Simsiman and Andrew Phillips brought in a runner on a ground ball to push the lead to 10-1.
Peyton Holm came in for an inning of relief work to end the game and had no problem shutting down the Poets in the ninth to complete the sweep for the Sagehens against the Poets on the year.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next take on non-conference opponent Rutgers-Newark on Friday, March 9th at 2:30 p.m.