CLAREMONT, CA. – Saturday's doubleheader did not go as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team drop both games to Occidental College. The Hens fell in the first game 12-2 and dropped the second game 10-9.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 22-14 overall and 12-9 in the SCIAC. They currently in fourth in the SCIAC standings.
Occidental def. Pomona-Pitzer 12-2 (8 Innings)
The Tigers' bats opened the first game of the doubleheader with a hot start, scoring four runs in the opening inning. Later in the second inning, Antonio Andrade padded the lead with an RBI single to make it 5-0.
With a runner on third in the top of the fourth inning, Michael Netzel added a run with an RBI single. With two outs and Netzel on first, Eamon McNeil finished the rally with a two-run home run to make it 8-0.
Later, trailing 9-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning with bases loaded, Brian Knapp gave the Hens their first run with a sacrifice fly. Nolan McCafferty followed with an RBI single to through the left side to cut the deficit 9-2. Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Hens could muster as the Tigers added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning and scored an RBI groundout in the top of the eighth inning to clinch a mercy rule victory.
Occidental def. Pomona-Pitzer 10-9
The Sagehens delivered a strong offensive performance in the second half of the doubleheader but it was not enough to keep up with the Tigers as a late rally gave Occidental the 10-9 victory. Jeremiah Quezada went 1-for-5 with a grand slam while Seth Stone went 2-for-3 with a run. Luke Layton delivered a solid started, throwing 7.2 innings with five earned runs.
Eamon McNeil continued where he left off, hitting a solo home run in the top of the third inning and later lacing a two-run RBI single in the top of the fifth inning to build a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, with the bases loaded, Brian Knapp hit a sacrifice fly to give the Hens their first run. Later in the bottom of the seventh, the Hens loaded the bags after two walks and a hit batter. Knapp showed his patience at the plate, drawing a bases-loaded walk to bring the Hens within one. Two batters later, with one out, Quezada crushed a towering shot over center field to give the Hens a 6-3 lead. The Hens loaded the bases again, and Bryce Rogan hit a sacrifice fly to pad the lead.
However, in the top of the eighth, the Tigers came within two after a two-run single. Then in the top of the ninth, Occidental rallied with five runs, including a home run from McNeil to take a 10-7 lead.
Down to their final inning, Hunter Hennigh tried to keep the Hens alive with a two-run home run over left center to bring the team within one. Unfortunately, the Tigers retired the next three batters to hold on for the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will host the University of Redlands on Friday, April 27 at 3 p.m.