Claremont, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer baseball team split their double header with Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Chapman with an 8-3 win in game one and a 13-9 loss in game two on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The Panthers got on the board first as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI ground ball to second base.
Chapman came back and tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third on an RBI single and the Sagehens responded with two runs in the bottom of the third as junior Tanner Nishioka smacked a two-run home run to center field to extend their lead to 4-2.
The Panthers cut the lead to one run as Tsuruda hit an RBI single through the left side but the Sagehens scored two in the sixth as Omori scored and Nishioka hit an RBI single and two in the seventh off of an Omori double to take game one of the double header.
The Sagehens started out game two with two runs in the bottom of the first as sophomore Byrce Rogan drove in senior Kevin Brice on a fielder's choice and Hulse drove in Rogan with an RBI single as the Sagehens started out with a 2-0 advantage.
Chapman responded with an RBI single in the top of the second to cut the lead down to 2-1.
Pomona-Pitzer scored in their next at bats in the bottom of the second with RBI's from Brice, Jordan and Hulse to take a 6-2 lead.
Chapman went on a scoring streak and scored runs in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth inning as the Sagehen bats went quiet and the Panthers took over the game with a 12-6 lead.
The Sagehens began to battle back in the bottom of the eighth as back-to-back walks with the bases loaded scored two runs and sophomore Duncan Skerrett hit an RBI single to right field to cut the lead down to 12-9.
Chapman tacked on one more in the top of the ninth with an RBI double and took a 13-9 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Sagehens threatened in the bottom of the ninth as they loaded the bases with one out in the inning but back-to-back strikeouts ended Pomona-Pitzer's chances of a comeback as Chapman took game two of the double header.
The Sagehens next take the field as they host SCIAC opponent Caltech on Friday, April 22nd at 3:00 p.m.