Caldwell's Grand Slam Helps Sagehens Salvage Split

Caldwell's Grand Slam Helps Sagehens Salvage Split

Claremont, Calif. - Freshman Michael Caldwell (pictured) hit a grand slam in a 6-5 win in the nightcap as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team salvaged a split with Whitworth on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Whitworth won the opening game on Saturday 11-9 and took the three-game series 2-1 after winning 12-7 in the first game on Friday.

Caldwell's grand slam game in the sixth inning with the Sagehens trailing 3-1, as he hit a long fly ball to straightaway center for his first collegiate home run. Jake Bruml and Sam Fox drew walks around a single from Simon Rosenbaum to load the bases, and Caldwell came through with a round-tripper to put the Sagehens ahead to stay.

Fox added an RBI single in the seventh for insurance, which proved to be big as Whitworth scored once in the top of the eighth and once in the top of the ninth to pull within 6-5, but Kevin Kannappan got a groundout to second base to end it and preserve the win for starter David Gerics, who went seven innings in his collegiate debut, allowing two earned runs.

In the opening game, Jackson Badger had five RBI for the Sagehens, including a two-run single in a four-run ninth inning that closed the Sagehens to within 11-9 and brought the winning run to the plate. However, Jason Renner was able to get the final out on a strikeout to get the save for Nick Scourey, who went five inning in relief. "

Badger was 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI in the opener, while Fox was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Kevin Brice added a two-run double for the Sagehens.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action tomorrow for a home game against Emory, beginning at 1 p.m.