Pomona-Pitzer Comes Up Short In Season Opener

Pomona-Pitzer Comes Up Short In Season Opener

Claremont, Calif. - Josh Davis hit a three-run double with two outs in the seventh to break a 7-7 tie and give the Whitworth Baseball team a 12-7 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the season opener for both teams on Friday at Alumni Field.

Pomona-Pitzer came back from a 7-3 deficit to tie the score 7-7 in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Jake Bruml hit an RBI single to make the score 7-4 and with two outs, senior third baseman Travis Bowers hit a two-out, two-run double. After a walk put two runners on, Jackson Badger singled to left to bring home the tying run (tying single pictured).

Whitworth had used a six-run fourth to go ahead 7-3 as Jeremy Druffel hit a two-run double and Thomas Wakem followed with a three-run homer.  The Sagehens scored twice in the second on a sacrifice fly from freshman left fielder Michael Caldwell and a bases-loaded walk to freshman second baseman Tanner Nishioka.

Pomona-Pitzer added a run in the third on a sacrifice fly from Coleman Lukas which could have been more, as he scorched a line drive into shallow right-center. Gerhard Muelheims laid out for a diving catch off the grasstops to keep it to just a single run, and Whitworth was able to get out of the inning trailing only 3-1. 

Taylor Isadore threw the final three innings for Whitworth to get the save, striking out five and allowing only one hit. Michael Renner threw three innings of relief to get the win.

Timmy Novom led Pomona-Pitzer at the plate with three hits, while Bowers was 2-for-4 with his two-run double. Davis was 2-for-6 with four RBI, and Druffel and Wakem were each 3-for-6 with three RBI for Whitworth, as the 4-5-6 hitters combined for 10 RBI.

The two teams return to action tomorrow for a doubleheader at Alumni Field, beginning at 11 a.m.