Sagehens Fall Just Short Against Whittier

Sagehens Fall Just Short Against Whittier

Claremont, Calif. - Simon Rosenbaum (pictured) was 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI, but the Whittier Baseball team scored three times in the top of the ninth to take an 8-6 win over the Sagehens on Wednesday at Alumni Field. 

The loss damages Pomona-Pitzer's SCIAC Tournament hopes, as it falls to 15-21 overall and 11-14 in conference play. The Sagehens came into the day one game behind Occidental, Redlands and La Verne, who are tied in fourth at 12-12 and were all idle today, leaving Pomona-Pitzer 1.5 games behind with three to play. Whittier improves to 21-15 overall and 17-8 in the SCIAC, securing a top three seed in the conference tournament with the win. 

The Sagehens led 5-3 after a four-run fourth inning. Travis Bowers had an RBI single to make it 3-2, and Kevin Brice followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 3-3. An RBI groundout from Tanner Nishioka gave Pomona-Pitzer the lead and Rosenbaum added a two-out RBI single to make the score 5-3.

The score stayed the same until the seventh, when Julian Barzilli and Stephen Zavala had RBI singles in the 5-6 hole to tie the score up at 5-5. Rosenbaum and Jake Bruml led off the bottom half with walks, but left fielder Ben Cerami (Whittier's closer) came in to pitch and retired the next three batters.

Barzilli led off the ninth inning with a solo homer to give Whittier a 6-5 lead, and with two outs, Cody Martinez added a solo shot and Cody Reilly tacked on an RBI double to make it 8-5. Rosenbaum gave the Sagehens some hope with a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Bruml lined a single to bring the tying run to the plate, but E.J. Lopez flew out to the front of the warning track and Kenny Rabin lined out to right to end the game.

Rosenbaum improved his average for the season to .496 with the 2-for-2 game, which also included two walks and a hit by pitch. He also now has eight home runs and 46 RBI on the year, to go along with a nation-leading 23 doubles.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action this weekend for road games on Saturday at La Verne and on Sunday at Chapman before closing out the regular season at home on Tuesday against Redlands.