Sagehens Drop Series Opener To Chapman

Sagehens Drop Series Opener To Chapman

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team fell behind early and tried to make a late comeback, but Chapman scored nine times in the ninth inning to blow it open and take a 16-3 win over the Sagehens on Friday afternoon in the first of a three-game series at Alumni Field. 

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer to 20-10 overall and 12-7 in the SCIAC (tied for fifth), while Chapman improves to 21-9 overall and 14-5 in league play (second place).

The Panthers scored three times in the second and three in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead. The Sagehens got two back in the bottom of the sixth as senior shortstop Sam Fox started things off with a double, extending his hitting streak to 20 games (swing pictured). Junior first baseman Simon Rosenbaum had an RBI single and senior right fielder Mark Okuma had an RBI double as Pomona-Pitzer was able to close to 6-2, but left two runners on second and third as it couldn't get closer. 

Chapman stretched the lead to 7-2 in the seventh, but the Sagehens started to rally in the eighth as Mark Okuma had an RBI double to make the score 7-3 and put runners on second and third with nobody out. Jonathan Hernandez, though, came out of the bullpen to get the next three outs and leave the two runners stranded, and Chapman put across nine runs in the top half of the inning to salt the win away.

Rosenbaum was 2-for-2 with two walks for Pomona-Pitzer, while Okuma was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBI. Chapman finished with 25 hits total, as everyone in the 4-9 spots had at least three, led by cleanup hitter Tyler Cook (5-for-6, four runs scored).   

The two teams will play a pair of games at Chapman tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.