Baseball: Sagehens Drop SCIAC Opener To Chapman

Photo by Bruce Hulse
Photo by Bruce Hulse

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team opened up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play with a 12-2 loss against Chapman University on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens have now dropped their sixth straight and fall to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Chapman stays at first place in the SCIAC and improves to 7-2 overall and 4-0 to open up conference play.

The Sagehens were led by senior Tanner Nishioka who went 2-3 in the game with two hits and a walk.

The Panthers were led by John Wiehe who went 4-6 with two runs scored and three RBI in the win for Chapman.

Chapman opened up the scoring as they got on top first in the top of the fourth as Love hit a RBI double off of the top of the left field wall to give the Panthers 1-0 lead.

The Sagehens responded in their next at bats as they loaded the bases and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Nolan McCaferty that scored junior Bryce Rogan to tie the game at 1-1.

The Panthers jumped ahead in the top of the fifth as a bases loaded double with two outs and a 3-2 count by  Justin Stream cleared the bags and scored three for the Panthers as they took a 4-1 lead.

Chapman broke the game open in the top of the sixth as they scored six runs on six hits and scored for the third-straight inning as they held a commanding 10-1 lead.

The Sagehens scored one more in the bottom of the seventh as freshman Jake Osgard singled to shortstop but an error on the throw allowed junior Matt Omori to score to cut the lead down to 10-2.

The Panthers went on to tack on two more in the top of the ninth and held off the Sagehens to spoil Pomona-Pitzer's SCIAC opener at home.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to Chapman to finish off the three-game series with a double header beginning on Saturday, February 25th at 11:00 a.m.