by Avery Raimondo '15
Claremont, Calif. – Freshman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) pitched five sound innings for Pomona-Pitzer, allowing a mere one earned run and gaining his first win for the Sagehens in a 11-6 victory over the Whittier Poets on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. Pomona-Pitzer's offense was lively for the first two innings of the game, scoring a total of six runs and providing Bruml a cushion in his first collegiate start.
Pomona-Pitzer continued its impressive beginning to this new season, remaining undefeated with an overall record of 3-0-1 and 2-0 in the SCIAC while Whittier is now 1-4 on the season, and 0-2 in conference play after also falling to the Sagehens on Friday 10-5.
Despite his youth, Bruml appeared assured on the mound, retiring the first three Poet batters he faced. Bruml then received instant support from his offense as the Sagehens scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Junior leadoff hitter and left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.), junior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.), senior third baseman James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.), three of the Sagehens' first four batters, all singled, setting the stage for Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) to bat in the game's first runs. The junior first baseman doubled down the left field line to send in Moyer and Munzer (the two-run double is pictured above). Senior designated hitter Ben Cohen (Camarillo, Calif.) then hit a sac fly and Campbell evaded a tag at home to finish the scoring for the inning.
The Sagehens managed to come out of the top of the second unscathed after some defensive miscues and Bruml hitting a batter with a pitch. Pomona-Pitzer then created even more distance between the Poets and them by scoring three runs once again. With the bases loaded following walks to freshman shortsop Sam Fox (New York, NY.), sophomore catcher Travis Bowers (Palo Alto, Calif.), and Munzer, Campbell struck a two run double. An error by Whittier's second baseman then let Munzer score to give the Sagehens a commanding early lead.
Even when Pomona-Pitzer's bats went cold between the third and fifth innings, Whittier wasn't able to capitalize, scoring only three times in that span. Pomona-Pitzer expanded their lead to six again following another three-run outburst in the sixth inning. After a succession of singles by Moyer, Bowers, and Munzer, Campbell found himself in a familiar spot: at bat with the bases loaded. This time he flew out to centerfield, but Moyer tagged up to score his second run of the afternoon for a sacrifice fly. A Gentili single sent in Bowers and Munzer strolled home after freshman right fielder Isaac Richard III (Oakland, Calif.) was walked with the bases already full.
The Poets responded by scoring twice in the eighth inning, but a solo homer from Gentili over the leftfield fence and a Richard RBI meant that junior Collin Majev (Reistertown, MD.) was able to close the game without drama.
Gentili finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Campbell was 2-for-3 with three RBI, and Munzer was 2-for-3 with thre runs scored.
Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier began the second tilt of the doubleheader, completing four innings before the game was suspended due to rain with Whittier leading 7-3. The finale of the three-game series will be resumed in progress, tomorrow at 1 p.m.