After beating Chapman 10-2 on Monday, the Pomona-Pitzer baseball team remains unbeaten on the season, improving its record to 8-0. Coming into the season, Chapman had been ranked 11th nationally in Division III, but now the 18th-ranked Sagehens have beaten the Panthers twice in less than a week.
In the most recent victory, the Sagehens fell behind by a run in the third, but after tying it up in the bottom half of the fourth inning on a Nick Gentili PO ’13 home run, they took their first lead of the game and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The inning started off with a double to left field by James Campbell PO ’12, and the next batter, Kyle Pokorny PO ’12, reached first after being hit by a pitch. After Campbell advanced to third on a deep fly out by Jackson Badger PZ ’14, Pomona freshman Travis Bowers brought in Campbell on a single to right. The big play of the inning, however, came when Nick Frederick PO ’11 stepped up to the plate and crushed a bases-clearing double with two outs.
In the next inning, the Sagehens capitalized on four Chapman errors to score another four runs (three of which were unearned), effectively putting the game out of reach.
Pitzer junior Travis Rooke-Ley started for the Sagehens, pitching six innings and only giving up two runs and six hits in a winning effort. This was his second win of the season. Leo Rosetti pitched three innings of shutout ball in relief while striking out three.
Over the weekend the Sagehens swept their series with SCIAC opponent Caltech, scoring 53 runs while only giving up five in the three-game set. The Sagehen offense scored early and often in the first game, putting up 29 runs on 24 hits.
All three games were called off in the seventh inning due to the NCAA mercy rule. A lot of younger players were able to get playing time in these very lopsided wins—fifteen players got hits in the first game of Saturday’s double-header alone.
Tim Novum PZ ‘14 went four for five and started off the bottom of the first with a triple to right field. Teddy Bingham PO ’11 also excelled at the plate, racking up nine RBIs on four hits, including two home runs. In the second game, Adam Williams PZ ’11 hit home runs in consecutive at-bats and ended the game with five RBIs.
With those wins the Sagehens improved their league record to 3-0, putting them at the top of the SCIAC standings.