Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore pitcher Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) was 3-for-4 at the plate and earned the win on the mound as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team remained undefeated with an 11-1 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the SCIAC opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Senior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) and sophomore second baseman Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif.) added home runs for the Sagehens, who improve to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in league play with the win. CMS falls to 1-4 with the loss and 0-1 in conference.
(pictured is Gentili's home run in the first inning)
Sophomore third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) was 3-for-3 at the plate, as Pomona-Pitzer scored at least one run in all seven innings before the game was shortened by the SCIAC's run rule. Bruml went six innings, allowing five hits and one run to improve to 2-0 on the year and 9-0 in his two-year career. As a team, Pomona-Pitzer amassed 17 hits on the day, with all nine starters getting at least one.
Gentili got the Sagehens started with a blast down the right field line in the bottom of the first to make the score 1-0. Sophomore shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.) added an RBI single in the second to make it 2-0, and Lopez added an RBI double in the third to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Okuma then extended Pomona-Pitzer's lead to 5-0 in the fourth with a two-run blast to score Lopez. An RBI single from freshman first baseman Simon Rosenbaum (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) made it 6-0 in the fifth with an RBI infield single, and after a three-run sixth, a two-run double from senior left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) made it 11-1 in the seventh to enforce the 10-run rule.
Bruml struck out five and walked none in his second dominant start to begin the year. Last week, he took a no-hitter into the seventh of a 3-1 win over Pacific (Ore.). Rosenbaum, the reigning SCIAC Athlete of the Week, was 2-for-4 to improve to 7-for-11 in his first three career games at the plate.
The teams will complete their three-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow at CMS, beginning at 11 a.m.