Bruml Throws Complete Game In 2-1 Win Over Occidental.

Bruml Throws Complete Game In 2-1 Win Over Occidental.

Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif. - pictured) threw a complete game with no earned runs and nine strikeouts to lead the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team to a 2-1 win over Occidental on Friday at Alumni Field, as the Sagehens ended the game by throwing out the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 23-10 overall and 16-6 in the SCIAC. Occidental slips to 22-11 overall and 13-9 in the SCIAC with the loss.

With two outs and nobody on in the top of the ninth, Bruml hit Alec Strain with a pitch to put the tying run on first. Riley Smith followed with a double past the dive of third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) to give Occidental a chance to tie the game up.

However, senior left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) sprinted into the spacious corner down the left field line at Alumni Field (360 down the line) and cut the ball off before it rolled to the wall, which turned out to be a game-winning hustle play. He then hit shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.) with the relay throw in shallow left field, who turned and fired a ball on the fly to junior catcher Jackson Badger (Portola Valley, Calif.), who applied the tag to end the game in dramatic fashion.

Fox also had another strong defensive play when he caught a line drive with runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth, and got Logan Allen diving back into first base for a double play.

Pomona-Pitzer got all the offense it would need in the fourth inning, as Bruml reached second on a error to start the inning, and was driven home by an RBI double from senior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.). Lopez then followed with a double into the left-center field gap to make the score 2-1, which is where it would stay.

Occidental had an unearned run in the first inning on an RBI groundout from Johnathan Brooks, but did not score again. Bruml allowed eight hits, but did not walk a batter, and was helped out by his defense, as Fox turned the double play on the line drive in the sixth, and Badger threw out would-be base stealers in the second and third.

Munzer continued his torrid hitting of late, batting 2-for-4, after going 8-for-13 in a three-game series against No. 1 Linfield last weekend. Smith led all hitters with a 3-for-4 effort for Occidental.

The two teams will complete their three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Occidental. Today's win secures a second-place standing going into the four-game round-robin phase of the SCIAC schedule. Pomona-Pitzer will start the final phase of the regular season at Caltech on Wednesday, before a three-game weekend, including two home games on Sunday against two different teams to be determined.