Claremont, Calif. - The Emory Baseball team had 16 hits, drew 14 walks, and stole eight bases as it captured a 17-2 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the final game of the season-opening weekend for both teams on Sunday at Alumni Field.
Emory improves to 3-1 on the year after winning at Occidental and splitting two at Cal Lutheran. Pomona-Pitzer falls to 1-3 after dropping two of three to Whitworth.
Emory gradually stretched its lead out over the middle innings, with two in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to pull ahead 8-0. After the Sagehens scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and had the bases loaded with two outs, winning pitcher Robert Gross came out of the bullpen to end the inning on a groundout.
The score stayed 8-2 until the late innings, when the Eagles tacked on four in the eighth and five in the ninth to make the final score look more lopsided.
Jake Bruml (pictured) was the top hitter for Pomona-Pitzer, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and two loud outs, lining out to the wall in right in his first at bat and driving a deep ball to left that was caught on the warning track in his third at bat. Freshman Lane Miles had a strong outing, throwing two innings and facing the minimum six batters with the help of a double play behind him, as second baseman Tanner Nishioka cleverly dropped a line drive up the middle on purpose and turned it into a double play.
Wes Peacock was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI for Emory, while Warren Kember pinch hit in the late innings and had four RBI on a bases-loaded walk and a three-run double.
Pomona-Pitzer is next in action when it opens SCIAC play with a three-game series against CMS next weekend, crossing Sixth Street to play a road game at Arce Field on Friday before hosting two at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.