Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Cal Lutheran

Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Cal Lutheran

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team rallied with five runs in the final two innings to take an 8-4 win over Cal Lutheran in the first of two games on Saturday, its 20th win of the season, before the Kingsmen bounced back to take the nightcap 14-5, also picking up their 20th win. 

Both teams complete the three-game series with identical records of 20-9 overall and 12-6 in the SCIAC, tying them for fourth heading down the homestretch of the regular season. Only the top four teams receive SCIAC bids and six teams are currently separated by two games.

The Sagehens led 3-0 in the opening game heading into the sixth inning, after junior left fielder Kevin Brice hit a two-run homer in the second and singled and scored in the fourth. Cal Lutheran, though, surged ahead with two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Pomona-Pitzer responded, though, as junior first baseman Simon Rosenbaum hit a clutch RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score, and senior designated hitter Jake Bruml followed with a lineout to center that turned into a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-4.

The Sagehens added three more in the eighth, as senior shortstop Sam Fox (pictured) doubled off the wall to extend his hitting streak to 18 games to plate one run, and Bruml added a two-run single with the bases loaded to make the score 8-4. Fox finished off the game with three straight defensive plays at shortstop in the ninth to preserve the win in relief for David Gerics.

Fox started off the nightcap with a single to push his hitting streak to 19 games, and the Sagehens scored twice in the inning on RBI singles from Bruml and senior right fielder Mark Okuma. Cal Lutheran came back with four in the top of the second to take the lead for good and pushed the lead to 7-2 before the Sagehens closed to 7-5 on an RBI double from sophomore center fielder Tanner Nishioka.

That was as close as Pomona-Pitzer would come, though, as Davy Casciola had a two-run single to push the lead to 9-5 Kyle Sanchez hit a two-run homer as part of a 3-for-5, five-RBI game to help the Kingsmen pull away with three in the eighth before adding two in the ninth.

Nishioka was 3-for-5 with two RBI in the nightcap, while sophomore catcher Kevin Jordan was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Pomona-Pitzer faces Chapman next weekend in a three-game series, beginning with a home game on Friday at 3 p.m.