Comeback Falls Short As Sagehens Fall To Chapman

Comeback Falls Short As Sagehens Fall To Chapman

Claremont, Calif. - Senior designated hitter James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and a two-run single but Pomona-Pitzer's comeback came up short in a 10-7 loss to Chapman on Friday.

With the loss, Pomona-Pitzer falls to 12-10-1 on the year, while Chapman improves to 10-12 with the win. Junior outfielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif. - pictured) was also 3-for-5 for the Sagehens.

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 7-1, with the only run scoring on a Campbell solo shot in the fifth, but then got back in it with a four-run seventh. Freshman Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.) started the rally with back-to-back singles and Moyer reached on a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out.

Junior first baseman Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) then ripped a two-run double to close the Sagehens within 7-3, and an RBI groundout from Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) made it 7-4. An error cut the lead to 7-5, and Pomona-Pitzer nearly kept the inning going, but sophomore catcher Travis Bowers (Palo Alto, Calif.) lined out to third to end the threat.

After Chapman got one run back in the top of the eighth, the Sagehens scored twice more with a two out rally in the bottom half. Moyer started the rally with a single, and Gentili doubled to the wall in right-center. Campbell then smoked a single through the left side to score two runners and make it 8-7. Pinch runner Isaac Richard III (Oakland, Calif.) moved to second on a passed ball to get in scoring position, but Munzer grounded out to short.

Chapman then got the runs back in the top of the ninth on a bases loaded hit by pitch and walk, before the Sagehens all-freshman infield got out of it with a 4-6-3 double play to Okuma at second off the bat of Tyler Surnbrock, who had been 4-for-4 on the game to that point. However, Kyle Tachibana came on in relief to get the save, allowing only one baserunner to reach on an error.

Surnbrock finished 4-for-5 for the Panthers, while Charlie Piro was 2-for-3 with four RBI and James Parr, who led off the game with a solo homer, was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Gentili was 2-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.

The two teams will complete their three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Chapman, beginning at 3 p.m.