Offense Stays Hot As Sagehens Win SCIAC Opener Over CMS

Offense Stays Hot As Sagehens Win SCIAC Opener Over CMS

Claremont, Calif. - Junior All-American Simon Rosenbaum had a homer, a double and five RBI as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team captured a 13-3 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a game that was shortened to eight innings due to the SCIAC's 10-run rule. 

With the win, the Sagehens are now 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in the SCIAC, while CMS falls to 0-6 overall and 0-1 in the league. Pomona-Pitzer was coming off a 19-17 win over Puget Sound on Sunday and has now scored 32 runs in its last two games. 

Senior right fielder Mark Okuma got the Sagehens started with a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the second to make the score 1-0 (home run swing pictured). After CMS tied it with a Trey Smith homer in the top of the third, Rosenbaum answered with a three-run shot in the bottom half to give the Sagehens the lead for good at 4-1.

Pomona-Pitzer then broke it open with a five-run fourth as senior shortstop Sam Fox had an RBI single and Rosenbaum followed with a two-run double. Senior designated hitter Jake Bruml doubled off of the wall in deep left to plate Rosenbaum, and senior third baseman E.J. Lopez added an RBI single to cap the five-run inning. 

After scoring twice in the fifth and once in the sixth on an RBI single from sophomore catcher Kevin Jordan, the Sagehens were one out away from winning 12-1 in seven innings, but CMS was able to push two runs across to keep the game going. Fox, though, was able to end it with an RBI single in the eighth, scoring Okuma, who led off with a double.

Fox ended the game 3-for-5 with two RBI (and was robbed of a fourth hit on a diving play at third). Okuma was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and Bruml finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI. Sophomore Lane Miles got the pitching win, going 6.2 inning and allowing three runs (two of which were on base when he left the game with a 12-1 lead).

The two teams will finish their three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader at CMS.