Sagehens Sweep Paci?c to Start Campaign

The Pomona-Pitzer baseball team improved their record to 3-0 for the season with two wins over the visiting Pacific University Boxers on Saturday, following their 10-3 victory in the opener on Friday.

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, Pacific catcher Conor Clark knocked in two runs in the second inning to give the Boxers an early lead, but the Sagehens’ bats came alive in the fourth, and they were able to plate three runs.

Pomona-Pitzer tacked on another run in the fifth and three more in the seventh for a final score of 7-2. P-P first baseman Nick Frederick PO ’11—who played stellar offense in Friday afternoon’s contest as well—continued his streak of perfection at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three RBIs (after his 4-for-4, four-RBI showing on Friday). Sagehen starting pitcher Travis Rooke-Ley PZ ’12 picked up his first win of the season, allowing just two earned runs, scattering nine hits, and allowing one walk.

Everyone in Pomona-Pitzer’s lineup reached base at least once in Game 2 as the Sagehens took down the Boxers 10-5. The Boxers led early, scoring 5 runs off Sagehen starter Guy Stevens PO ’13 in the first three frames, despite his six strikeouts in just 4.2 innings of work. It would be all Pomona-Pitzer the rest of the way, as the Sagehens scored eight unanswered runs from the bottom of the third until the end of the game.

The Sagehen offense was led by second baseman Kyle Pokorny PO ’12 and left fielder Timothy Novom PO ’14, who made his first collegiate start in place of the injured Michael Moyer PO ’13, out with a concussion sustained in Game 1 of the series. Pokorny went 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored. Novom went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The Boxers finally solved Frederick, who was retired for the first three times of the season, although he still managed two hits, including a double, and an RBI .

Stuart Gano PZ ’13 earned the third win of the season for the Sagehens, tossing 4.1 innings of one-hit ball in relief, striking out four batters and not allowing a base-runner until the final frame, when Pacific Freshman Sam Kaplan doubled with one out in the ninth.

The Sagehens returned to action yesterday with a home game against Chapman University (1-2 overall). The Sagehens follow this one-game encounter with a three-game set today and tomorrow against Caltech (0-2 overall, 0-0 SCIAC).

This article is Courtesy of Claremont Sports Connection. For more sports coverage and live scores, head over to http://www.claremontsportsconnection.com

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