Baseball Recovers from CMS Losses with Arizona Sweep

Since losing two out of three in a disappointing series against rival CMS, the Pomona-Pitzer baseball team has rebounded quickly to rack up three straight wins in Arizona this past weekend. After winning the first two games of the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational 5-0 against Macalester College on Friday, the Sagehens kept_x000D_
rolling on Saturday to defeat Johns Hopkins in a one-run ball game.

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The Sagehens came out strong against CMS on the Friday before Spring Break, opening up a two-run lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-run shot by Pomona sophomore Nick Gentili. Teddy Bingham PO ’11 blasted a home run of his own in the sixth, his third of the season. Pomona-Pitzer added three more runs in the seventh, putting the game out of reach for the Stags. David Colvin PZ ’11 had another great outing, giving up only two earned runs and six hits in over seven innings of work. The Hens could not keep the momentum going however, and they dropped the next two to the Stags.

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Pomona-Pitzer looked to turn it around in Phoenix after those tough losses, and they would do just that. Facing off against Macalester College from St. Paul, Minn., for two games on Saturday, the Sagehens found their stride early and kept it rolling throughout the tournament. In the first game, Stuart Gano PZ ’13 pitched seven shutout innings, only giving up four hits in the process. The Sagehen offense provided plenty of run support for Gano, getting RBI hits from five different players.

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In Saturday’s second game, P-P received another great pitching performance from Colvin. The ace of the staff threw a complete game shutout, racking up nine strikeouts en route to a 5-0 victory. Once again, five different members of the balanced Sagehen offense delivered run-scoring hits.

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Sunday’s matchup with Johns Hopkins proved a bit tougher for the Sagecocks. P-P scored runs in the third and fourth innings thanks to triples by freshmen Timmy Novom PO and Jackson Badger PZ. In the third, Novom was brought in by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Travis Bowers PO ’14. Teddy Bingham would come through in the fourth, bringing in Badger with a single. The Blue Jays could only muster one run despite loading the bases in the top of the first with less than two outs. The Hens ended up hanging on in a 2-1 nail-biter, improving their record to 17-6 overall.

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This weekend the Sagecocks face off against SCIAC rival Occidental in a three-game set.

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