Nick Gentili salvages game one with walk-off moonshot to center field
The weekend certainly started out well for the Pomona-Pitzer baseball team as they defeated SCIAC foe University of La Verne on Friday, thanks to a Nick Gentili PO ’13 walk-off home run. The weekend went downhill from there, however, as the Leopards went on to take the next two games from the Sagehens, who dropped to third place in SCIAC with a league record of 6-3 and an overall record of 13-4.
Friday’s victory proved to be a pitching duel between P-P ace David Colvin PZ ’11 and La Verne’s Mark Larini. Colvin pitched eight great innings, striking out 11 while only giving up three runs on five hits. Despite this impressive performance, Colvin left the game with the Sagehens trailing 3-2 and had to wait until the bottom of the eighth for the Sagehen bats to salvage a no decision.
After breaking out to an early two-run lead, thanks to two RBI hits by Teddy Bingham PO ’11, Colvin and the Sagehens shut down the Leopard offense until La Verne tied it up at two in the sixth. The next inning the Leopards took their first lead of the game with an RBI double to center. The Sagehens quickly responded in the eighth. With two outs in the inning, Nick Frederick PO ’11 laced a double to center. The next batter for P-P, Pitzer sophomore Erik Munzer, came through in the clutch and brought in Frederick from second with a single to left field, tying the game and setting up a dramatic ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth, pitcher Colin Majev PO ’13 easily sat down the Leopards batters in order, allowing the Sagehen offense to step up to the plate with a chance to win it in the ninth. Designated hitter Gentili did just that.
On the first pitch he saw, Gentili crushed a line drive home run to dead-center field that just barely cleared the Blue Monster. The Sagehens stormed the field and mobbed Gentili as he touched home plate. Colin Majev picked up his second win of the season in relief.
Unfortunately for the Hens, the momentum did not carry over to the next day. Playing on the road for the next two games, the Sagehen offense struggled to keep up with the Leopards. La Verne had a hot start on Saturday, and P-P could never make their way back into the game. The Sagehens eventually fell by a final score of 9-4.
On Sunday, the Leopards again shut down the potent Sagehen offense, holding P-P to only one run on seven hits. That run came in the first inning of the game, when Munzer brought home Pomona freshman Timmy Novom on an RBI single to left field. The game ended 4-1 in favor of La Verne.
The Sagehens need to bounce back quickly and regain their form before this weekend’s series against archrival CMS. The Stags will walk across 6th Street to play Friday’s game in Sagehen territory at 2:30 p.m., and P-P will return the favor for Saturday’s doubleheader, which starts at 11 a.m.