The Sagehens finished last season in sixth place in the SCIAC with an 18-21 overall record and 10-14 in conference play. Pomona-Pitzer had two players from last season picked up on to MLB organizations with second baseman Tanner Nishioka drafted in the ninth round in the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and right handed pitcher David Gerics who was an undrafted free agent picked up by the Minnesota Twins. Nishioka ended his career making history as he was selected as a D3Baseball.com All-American, West Region Player of the Year and set the NCAA in home runs with 18 and slugging percentage at .888.
The Sagehens have one returner with postseason honors in senior Bryce Rogan. Rogan finished his junior year with All-West Region Honors as he ended the season with a .355 batting average with eight home runs, 34 RBI and 39 runs scored.
The Sagehens bring back six more seniors this season in Adam Hinthorne, Peyton Holm, Cade Hulse, Nicholas Radich, Rob Simsiman and Duncan Skerrett. Hinthorne and Skerrett return in the outfield for the Sagehens while Hulse will return as the everyday first baseman. Holm and Radich will provide the Sagehens with some good experience in the bullpen while their battery partner, Simsiman, will look to take most of the reps behind the plate.
Pomona-Pitzer returns a smaller junior class but look for key contributions out of Andrew Phillips and Peter Troupe who spent the majority of 2017 as key defensive replacements late in games but will see innings this season.
The majority of the team is made up of the sophomore class as 12 second-year players enter 2018 for the Sagehens. Pomona-Pitzer gets one newcomer in the sophomore class with Mason Asato who will help out in the infield this season at second base. As far as the returners, Jeremy Jess, Luka Green, Ethan Baer, Trevor Walker, Connor Woods and Tyler Yoshihara will fill big roles for the pitching staff this season while Jess will also see time in the infield this season at third base. Jack Hanley and Jake Lialios will both see time behind the plate this year while Jeremiah Quezada will work his way into the lineup at third base and Nolan McCafferty will stay as the everyday shortstop for the Sagehens.
Pomona-Pitzer also brings in a large freshman class with nine first years to help add to a young but experience squad. Seven new arms will help add depth to a young rotation in Brett Super, Ryan Long and Luke Layton and Hunter Hennigh, Michael Hill, Jake Patterson-Kohout and Seth Stone who will also play in the field this season. Rounding out the freshman class is corner infielder Kyle Freeman and outfielder William Choi.
The Sagehens will have their home opener on February 2nd at 2:00 p.m. against Lewis & Clark and open up SCIAC play with a three-game series against Chapman on the road on February 23rd and return home for the series ending double-header on the 24th at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Sagehens take on the defending National Champion Cal Lutheran Kingsmen towards the end of march as they travel to Thousand Oaks on the 23rd at 3:00 p.m. and host the double-header on the 24th at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Finally, the Sagehens take part in the Sixth Street Rivalry Series to kick off April at CMS on the 6th at 3:00 p.m. and return home for the double-header on the 7th at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
For more information about the Sagehens 2018 schedule visit the link below:
SCIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
2018 SCIAC Baseball Preseason Poll
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Cal Lutheran (9) - 81 points
2. Chapman - 68 points
3. Redlands - 63 points
4. La Verne - 48 points
5. Occidental - 43 points
6. Pomona-Pitzer - 42 points
7. CMS - 28 points
8. Whittier - 22 points
9. Caltech - 10 points