Bruml Shutout Helps Sagehens Sweep

Bruml Shutout Helps Sagehens Sweep

Claremont, Calif. - Senior pitcher Jake Bruml tossed a complete game shutout in a 3-0 win in the nightcap to help the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team complete a doubleheader sweep with Redlands on Saturday at Alumni Field. 

The Sagehens also won the opening game 12-8 behind a homer, a double and five RBI from Simon Rosenbaum, as they improve to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the SCIAC. Redlands falls to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in conference play. 

Bruml allowed eight hits on the day (all singles), but picked two of them off of first base himself. He got out of a little jam in the first inning with the bases loaded as senior second baseman Kenny Rabin caught a liner, but then put it on cruise control the rest of the way, without allowing a runner past second.

Senior Mark Okuma came up big at the plate, hitting a double into the right-center field gap to break the scoreless deadlock and put the Sagehens ahead 1-0.  Rabin would bring home another run as he grounded into a double play to make the score 2-0. Freshman Bryce Rogan added a bases-loaded walk in the eighth for an insurance run, which Bruml wouldn't need. 

Okuma was 2-for-3 at the plate, while senior shortstop Sam Fox was 3-for-3. Mark Tumlinson and Mitch Samson each had two hits for Redlands.

The opening game was high scoring, as the teams traded crooked numbers for the first few innings with Pomona-Pitzer leading 11-7 after five. Rosenbaum had a two-run double in the first and a three-run homer in the fourth to stake the Sagehens to an 11-5 lead, but Christopher Scalisi had a two-run single in the fifth to make it 11-7.

Sophomore David Gerics was brought on in relief and gave up a solo homer to Sean McMillan, the first batter he faced. But that was all he would allow, as he worked a four-inning save to shut the door on the Redlands offense, and Bruml took the baton and shut them down in the nightcap as well.

Rosenbaum was 3-for-5 for his five RBI, while Okuma had RBI in each of his first three plate appearances and finished 2-for-5 with three runs driven in, while Tanner Nishioka was 3-for-5. Samson was 3-for-3 with two RBI for Redlands, while Gerics allowed only two hits over his four innings (one after the solo homer).

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action next weekend for a three-game series with Whittier.