Big Innings Too Much To Overcome As Linfield Sweeps Sagehens

Big Innings Too Much To Overcome As Linfield Sweeps Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - The top-ranked Linfield Baseball team scored seven runs in the fourth in the opener and eight runs in the second in the nightcap, as it swept two from Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at Alumni Field, taking the opener 15-4 and the nightcap 9-3.

With the wins, the Wildcats improve to 25-5 on the year, while No. 16 Pomona-Pitzer slips to 22-10.

Kramer Lindell had five RBI on the day for Linfield, batting 3-for-6 with three RBI in the opener, and then hitting 2-for-5 with two RBI in the nightcap. Senior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) had a 6-for-9 day at the plate, hitting 4-for-5 in the first game and 2-for-4 in the second one. Sophomore second baseman Ryan Madden (Oakland, Calif.) drove in two runs in the opener and was 2-for-4 in the nightcap.

The Sagehens got off to a rocky start in the first game as four first-inning errors led to two Linfield runs. After the Wildcats scored two more in the third, Lindell had a two-run double to start a seven-run fourth inning that stretched the lead to 11-0 and put the game out of reach. Aaron Thomassen threw five innings to get the win, striking out six to improve to 8-0 on the year.

Pomona-Pitzer struck first in the nightcap, as senior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) singled, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI single from Munzer. However, Linfield then hit three home runs in an eight-run second, as Clayton Truex hit a three-run shot, Kyle Chamberlain hit a two-run homer and Lindell added a two-run shot.

The Sagehens got RBI hits in the seventh from junior catcher Jackson Badger (Portola Valley, Calif.) and sophomore shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.), but couldn't come any closer.

The Pomona-Pitzer bullpen was a bright spot in game two, as senior Collin Majev (Baltimore, Md.) threw four innings and allowed two hits and one unearned run, sophomore Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif.) threw two hitless innings, and junior Robert Weller (Irvine, Calif.) worked a shutout ninth.

The Sagehens will be back in action next weekend for its final SCIAC three-game series of the year, facing Occidental in a home game on Friday and a road doubleheader on Saturday.