47 Backwards: Sagehens Earn Big Sweep Of Chapman 7-4, 7-4

47 Backwards: Sagehens Earn Big Sweep Of Chapman 7-4, 7-4

Orange, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team picked up a huge road doubleheader sweep of Chapman on Saturday by identical 7-4 scores to get back into the SCIAC title race on Saturday afternoon. 

With the wins, the Sagehens are now 22-10 overall and 14-7 in the SCIAC, while Chapman falls to 21-11 overall and 14-7 in the SCIAC.

The conference race is now incredibly jumbled, with La Verne at 15-6, holding a one game lead and Redlands (16-8), Cal Lutheran (14-7), Pomona-Pitzer (14-7), Chapman (14-7) and Occidental (14-7) in a five-way tie for second, all with .667 win percentages. The Sagehens still have three games with Caltech next weekend (0-21) to try to move up the standings before the four-game round robin. 

Senior shortstop Sam Fox was 4-for-5 in the opening game with a tying RBI single in the ninth to start a four-run rally that gave the Sagehens the win after a back-and-forth final two innings. He also added a single in the nightcap to extend his hitting streak to 22 games, while sophomore pitcher David Gerics, who had been the team's closer, made his first start and threw a complete game with no earned runs in the nightcap.

Chapman took the first game of the weekend series yesterday at Pomona-Pitzer and the Sagehens needed a sweep to pull back even with the Panthers. The opening game was a pitcher's duel heading into the eighth with Chapman ahead 2-1, but Fox singles and sophomore center fielder Tanner Nishioka hit a home run to put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 3-2.

Chapman came right back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead on an RBI double from Forrest Weiderman. With one out in the ninth. senior Jake Bruml had a pinch-hit double to start the rally, and sophomore catcher Kevin Jordan singled to put two runners on. Fox then singled to tie the score and after a walk loaded the bases, a passed ball, a wild pitch and an RBI groundout from senior Timmy Novom scored three runs. 

The Panthers drew two walks in the bottom of the ninth, but freshman closer Nick Olmanson bounced back with two strikeouts and got the final out on a foul out to third to close out the 7-4 win.

The nightcap saw Gerics go the full nine innings, allowing five hits and no earned runs while striking out six as the Sagehens earned another 7-4 win. Novom and freshman Matt Omori had RBI singles in the fifth to give the Sagehens a 5-1 lead, and a two-run double from junior first baseman Simon Rosenbaum pushed it to 7-1. Chapman got as close as 7-4 with two runs in the seventh, but Gerics finished off the game with two strikeouts in the ninth to finish off the complete game. 

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action for a three-game series with Caltech next weekend, including a home doubleheader at 11 a.m. on Saturday.