Rosenbaum, Weller Help Sagehens Salvage Split

Rosenbaum, Weller Help Sagehens Salvage Split

Claremont, Calif. - Freshman pitcher Simon Rosenbaum (Los Altos, Calif.) did not allow an earned run and junior pitcher Robert Weller (Irvine, Calif.) picked up his fourth save in four chances as Pomona-Pitzer won the nightcap of a doubleheader against Cal Lutheran 7-4 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Cal Lutheran won the opening game of the twinbill 11-5 to win the series two games to one. The Kingsmen improve to 5-3-1 overall and 2-1 in the SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer sees its record move to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the SCIAC.

Rosenbaum also went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run in a loss in the opening game, while sophomore second baseman Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif. - pictured turning a double play) was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap and senior left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) added a home run.

Moyer got the Sagehens started right away in the nightcap when he hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first. Pomona-Pitzer then added two more in the second, on an RBI groundout from sophomore second baseman Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.) and an RBI single from senior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.).

Okuma then hit a two-run single to key a three-run third inning, with sophomore third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) also adding an RBI single, giving the Sagehens a commanding 6-0 lead after three.

Cal Lutheran fought off early leads in the first two games of the series, and started to do the same again, as two runs came home on a two-out error in the third and Garrett Smith followed with an RBI single to make it 6-3. The Sagehens got that run back on an RBI groundout from sophomore first baseman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) in the bottom of the fourth, and the score stayed at 7-3 until the eighth, when Weller was called on in relief with two on and none out.

Jake Petersen went the other way for an RBI single off the end of the bat to make the score 7-4 and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out and the go-ahead run at the plate, but Weller got back-to-back strikeouts and retired Smith on a sharp grounder to second to end the threat.

After a throwing error following a strike three in the dirt to start the ninth, Weller retired the next three batters, the dangerous 2-3-4 hitters in the Cal Lutheran line-up, for his fourth save of the year.

Lopez was 2-for-3 at the plate in the nightcap, and senior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) was 2-for-4 as the Sagehens had four players with multi-hit games. Smith was the only player with more than one hit for the Kingsmen (2-for-4).

The first game, though, saw Nick Boggan hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning on his way to a 3-for-5, 3-RBI performance, while Petersen was 3-for-5 with four RBI. Freshman Cameron Yen (Placentia, Calif.) threw seven strong innings, allowing five hits, but took the loss after Boggan was able to take him deep for a two-run shot.

Rosenbaum had given the Sagehens a 3-2 lead in the fourth with a home run to straightaway center, moments after Cal Lutheran had tied it 2-2 in the top half. He also drove home the first run of the game with an RBI double, scoring Bruml, who hit the top of the wall with a long drive that missed being a round-tripper by five feet. Okuma tacked on an RBI single to make the score 2-0.

Petersen, though, knotted the score on a two-run bloop single with two outs. Then in the eighth inning with the score 4-3, Petersen had a two-run double to key a six-run eighth that put the game away.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next week for a three-game series with Redlands, including a single game on Friday on the road, and a home doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.