After sweeping Occidental this past weekend, the Pomona-Pitzer baseball team has now won nine games in a row since dropping the first game of their series against CMS on Mar. 12. The team went on to take the last two games of the series against their rival, sweep their spring break matches, and improve to a league-best 14-1 in SCIAC.
As students at the 5Cs were packing up to head home for spring break on Friday, Mar. 12, P-P prepared to face CMS for a three-game series. Spring break started poorly for the Sagehens, as they were shut out on Friday by a score of 5-0. CMS starter Alex Sunderland gave up only five hits in a complete game shut out.
However, not to be outdone by their rival, the Sagehens came ready to play for the Saturday doubleheader. The morning game was led by James Campbell PO ‘12 and Travis Rooke-Ley PZ ‘12, as they combined for 5-8 at the dish and drove in three runs apiece.
James Brunswick PO ‘10 threw well for P-P, giving up only five runs.
Rooke-Ley and James Kang PZ ’10 relieved Brunswick and held the Stags to no runs in the final innings of the game.
The Sagehens prevailed by a score of 10-5.
The final game of the series was a nail biter as P-P fought hard for a 9-8 victory, overcoming CMS’s 8-1 lead at the top of the 3rd inning.
CMS ended up being a bit premature on their run production, as they put up all eight of their runs in the 3rd inning. With no more runs coming, the Sagehens had time to mount their comeback.
The P-P offense exploded in the 5th inning—the Sagehens scored six runs to tie the game.
The score remained tied until the 9th inning, when Erik Munzer PZ ’13 homered in the 9th inning to put the Sagehens on top. Kang closed the game to secure the Sagehen victory.
After the victories, the Sagehens commenced to have a successful spring break. P-P swept the California Invitational tournament, outscoring opponents by a total of 43-22.
First, the team defeated Ithaca in a close game by a score of 4-3. Brunswick went the distance on the hill giving up only three runs off four hits.
Next, P-P defeated Wesleyan by a score of 21-12. The meat of the Sagehen lineup (Nick Gentili PO ‘13, Kang, Nick Frederick PO ‘11, and Munzer) combined for 14 hits in 22 at bats.
In the following game against Menlo, pitcher David Colvin PZ ’11 led the Sagehens to an 8-1 victory, giving up only four hits and no earned runs.
Finally, the Sagehens defeated Whittier to conclude the tournament by a score of 10-6. First baseman Frederick drove in five runs alone as P-P won their 6th straight in another high scoring match.
Senior captain and shortstop Kang commented on the spring break activities: “We played well in all four games. We started off a little slow against Ithaca on Friday, then picked it up in the second game against Wesleyan. We knew Saturday would be difficult because we had Menlo, an in-region opponent. David [Colvin] threw against them, and we ended up beating them pretty good. We played Whittier in the second, and we knew them pretty well because we played them three times before. The team is coming along well!”
The weekend series against Occidental was business as usual as the Sagehens took all three games as expected, with scores of 7-0, 11-3, and 10-7.
This coming weekend is an extremely important series against a tough league opponent in Cal Lutheran. For the past three years, both teams have been on top of the SCIAC, and the Sagehens look to prove that they are the better squad.
Kang commented on the series ahead, saying, “Cal Lu is very good every year, and they are always a challenge to us. They brought back a core of starting pitchers, and it should be a good challenge to see how our hitters match up against them. By beating Cal Lu this weekend, we can potentially end their season and play-off hopes.”
Come out to Alumni Field on Saturday, Apr. 3rd to check out the doubleheader. The first game is at 11 a.m., and the second will begin at 3 p.m.