Baseball Ends Season On High Note, Rolls Past Redlands 14-2

Baseball Ends Season On High Note, Rolls Past Redlands 14-2

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team honored its five seniors before the game and then scored 14 unanswered runs to take a 14-2 win over Redlands in its 2014 finale on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Junior third baseman E.J. Lopez was 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBI to lead the offense for Pomona-Pitzer, which ends the year 16-23 overall and 12-16 in the SCIAC. Redlands closes out its campaign with a 15-23 overall record and a 14-14 mark in league play.

Seniors Jackson Badger (pictured), Travis Bowers, Drew Helgren, Coleman Lukas and Robert Weller were honored pregame. Badger contributed a three-run double in a five-run sixth inning that helped end the game early due to the seven-run rule.

With the Sagehens ahead by over 10 runs, Helgren (normally a relief pitcher) came in as a pinch-runner for Badger and Weller (normally a pitcher) came in to hit. Weller lined a single to right field before coming out for a pinch-hitter as well, and Lukas pitched the final inning to close out the win.

Redlands led 2-0 in the middle of the second inning, but the Sagehens tied it up as Lopez hit a solo homer the opposite way that heavy winds nearly pushed foul. Junior second baseman Kenny Rabin followed with a double and came home on an RBI groundout. Lopez gave the Sagehens the lead for good in the bottom of the third with a two-out RBI single, scoring junior designated hitter Jake Bruml, who doubled off the wall into a stiff wind.

The Sagehens then added six runs in the fourth to pull away. Bowers singled and came home on a sacrifice fly from junior shortstop Sam Fox. Badger was hit by a pitch and came home on an RBI single from freshman center fielder Tanner Nishioka, who stole second and was plated by an RBI single from sophomore first baseman Simon Rosenbaum. After a Bruml single, Lopez hit a three-run shot the other way, which was nearly an instant replay of his first home run, with the wind pushing the ball out to right around the foul pole.

Freshman Lane Miles earned the win on the mound to improve to 6-3 on the season, allowing six hits over six innings of work. Bruml was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Rabin and Bowers each went 2-for-4 for the Sagehens.

The senior class graduates with 97 wins over their four years, and helped Pomona-Pitzer qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament.