Offense Explodes To Support Rooke-Ley In 17-0 Win Over Redlands

Offense Explodes To Support Rooke-Ley In 17-0 Win Over Redlands

Claremont, Calif. – Junior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) had four RBI in the first two innings to send the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team on its way to a 17-0 win over Redlands on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 15-10-1 on the year and 9-7 in the SCIAC, as senior pitcher Travis Rooke-Ley (Eugene, Ore. - pictured) threw a complete-game shutout, his second of the year in SCIAC play (he also had a nine-inning shutout in a 4-0 win over Cal Lutheran). Rooke-Ley is now 6-2 with a 1.89 ERA on the year, and 5-0 with a remarkable 0.64 ERA in SCIAC games.

Redlands falls to 13-12 overall and 7-9 in the SCIAC with the loss.

There were plenty of offensive standouts for the Sagehens, as freshman third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI, while junior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Freshman first baseman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) added a homer and three RBI, while junior left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

In fact, the only starter who did have a hit was freshman shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.), who simply fell victim to some terrible luck. He lost a single on a shallow liner to right when a runner was thrown out at second for a 9-6 forceout, drove a ball to the wall in center that was snagged by an over-the-shoulder catch by Redlands center fielder Alex Schiewe, and then scorched a liner that deflected off Sean McMillan at third base, rolled to shortstop Chase Tucker, who nipped him at first in a rare 5-6-3 groundout.

However, he picked the right day to have the bad luck as the Sagehens scored 17 runs regardless. Munzer got the Pomona-Pitzer offense started in the first inning with a towering three-run homer to left over the 360-foot fence. Moyer led off with a bunt single, and a walk to Gentili put two runners on for Munzer, who hit his second round-tripper of the year.

The Sagehens then tacked on six more in the second inning to take control, after Redlands pitcher Kyle Hart nearly escaped a second-and-third, none-out jam. Freshman second baseman Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif.) doubled off the top of the 360-foot fence to put runners on second and third and nobody out, but a shallow fly ball and a line drive bullet from Moyer right at McMillan gave Hart two outs.

However, Lopez responded with a two-out, two-run single, and Gentili ripped a double into the left-center field gap to make the score 6-0. Munzer then followed with a line drive single up the middle to bring home Gentili with his fourth RBI of the first two innings. Bruml then greeted reliever Josh Snyder with a two-run homer to right-center to make the score 9-0.

Pomona-Pitzer tacked on three more runs in the third to stretch the lead to 12-0. After an RBI single from Moyer, Lopez doubled off the wall in left to score two more runs and push his RBI total to four for the game.

A Gentili two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning, while Travis Bowers (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Coleman Lukas (Berkeley, Calif.) added RBI singles. A bases loaded hit-by-pitch to Bruml in the sixth made it 17-0 to close out the scoring.

The only drama left was whether Rooke-Ley would get a shutout, as Travis Lively led off the seventh inning with a double. Eliot Smith followed with a walk, his third of the day, to put two runners on and nobody out, but Rooke-Ley got the next three batters swinging to end the game and get his second shutout of the year.

Rooke-Ley only had four strikeouts on the day, but they all came in key spots, with his other coming with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth in the only other serious threat for the Bulldogs. He allowed five hits, three walks and four strikeouts over seven innings to get the shutout win.

The two teams will complete their three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Redlands, beginning at 11 a.m.