Oxy Takes Twinbill From Pomona-Pitzer

Oxy Takes Twinbill From Pomona-Pitzer

Claremont, Calif. - Occidental prevailed in a wild 12-10 win in the first of two, and then defeated Pomona-Pitzer 11-4 in the nightcap to complete a doubleheader sweep on Saturday.

With the wins, Occidental improves to 11-6 overall and 6-3 in the SCIAC. Pomona-Pitzer, which left 17 runners on base in the opening game, falls to 8-5-1 and 7-5 in the SCIAC with the losses.

The losses spoiled a terrific day for Pomona-Pitzer freshman Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif. - pictured), who started his first game at third base in the opener and then played designated hitter in the nightcap. Okuma was 4-for-6 with three runs and two RBI in the first game, including a home run and a double, and then was 2-for-4 with a double in the nightcap to complete a 6-for-10 performance.

Trailing 9-7 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Sagehens tied it up on a two-run homer from senior James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) and then went ahead on a bases loaded walk to sophomore catcher Coleman Lukas (Berkeley, Calif.), but left three runners on to keep the score 10-9.

A.J. Lubinao then led off the eighth with a double and was sacrificed to third before coming home on an RBI single from Pedro Aldape. Anthony Salsedo then broke the tie with a sacrifice fly, and Pomona-Pitzer left the bases loaded again in the eighth.

Occidental added an insurance run in the ninth on a bases loaded walk to Kevin Ozaki to make the score 12-10, and a single from Lukas brought the tying run to the plate before Scott Hong was able to get a game-ending double play ball.

Campbell was 2-for-6 for three RBI in the opener, Lukas was 3-for-4 with two RBI, junior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) was 3-for-6 with two RBI. Aldape, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning to start the scoring, had four RBI for Occidental, while Johnathon Brooks added three.  

In the nightcap, freshman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) hit a two-run homer to put the Sagehens ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the second. However, Occidental tied it in the fourth on a Brent Wunner sacrifice fly, and went ahead to stay in the fifth on Wunner's two-run double to make it 4-2.

Occidental then put the game away with a five-run sixth, as Wunner hit his second sacrifice fly and the Tigers scored three runs on wild pitches, while Hong had an RBI single.

Wunner was 1-for-2 with four RBI in the nightcap for Occidental, while Aldape was 3-for-5. Sophomore catcher Jackson Badger (Portola Valley, Calif.) was 2-for-2 with an RBI in the nightcap. Mark Malott threw a complete game for Occidental, allowing four runs while scattering 11 hits, allowing just Bruml's two-run homer in the second and two harmless runs in the ninth.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next weekend for a three-game conference series with La Verne.