CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team fell at home in a doubleheader to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Cal Lutheran 9-3 and 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Season Impact: With the losses, the Sagehens from to 14-8 overall and 6-3 in SCIAC play.
Cal Lutheran 9, Pomona-Pitzer 3
The Sagehens were led by Brian Knapp who went 1-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the loss.
It took a little while for both teams to get going offensively but the Kingsmen struck first with four runs in the top of the fourth to jump out to an early lead. Cal Lutheran only tallied three hits in the inning but the Sagehens committed two errors in the inning to aid the Kingsmen in taking the early lead.
Cal Lutheran added three more in the top of the sixth after an RBI single and a two-run homer extended the lead to 7-0.
The Sagehens got a few runs back in the bottom of the eighth after Knapp connected for a two-run homer of his own to cut the lead down to 7-2 then Hunter Hinnigh walked to bring in another run to bring the lead down to 7-3.
Cal Lutheran added two more runs in the top of the ninth and went on to hold off the Sagehens in the bottom half of the inning to take game one and even up the series at 1-1.
Cal Lutheran 5, Pomona-Pitzer 3
The Sagehens were led by Nolan McCafferty who went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the loss.
The Kingsmen jumped out ahead again in game day, this time in the first inning after an RBI single to right field put Cal Lutheran on top 1-0.
The lead was short lived as the Sagehens came back in the bottom of the inning and plated two runners after Kyle Freeman walked to bring in McCafferty and Rob Simsiman brought home Jeremiah Quezada on a sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 lead.
Cal Lutheran took back the lead in the top of the sixth as they hit a two-run homer to flip the script and take over the one-run lead at 3-2. The Kingsmen went on to extend their lead in the top of the eighth with two more and the Sagehens were faced with a 5-2 deficit heading into their final at-bats.
Pomona-Pitzer had an opportunity to tie the game after McCafferty singled home Hinthorne to cut the lead down to 5-3 and went on to load the bases with two outs in the inning. The Kingsmen were able to get out of a jam and hang on for the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host non-conference opponent Middlebury on Sunday, March 25th at 3:00 p.m.