Saturday Brings Struggles, Haunts P-P Baseball

It seems as though Pomona-Pitzer men’s baseball team (7-4, 2-4 SCIAC) has suffered a curious case of déjà vu this past weekend, Feb. 26 and 27. The Sagehens dropped both games of a doubleheader at University of Redlands (7-4, 5-1 SCIAC) to scores of 5-4 and 11-3 after previously winning a home game against Redlands 11-1 on Friday, Feb. 25.

Pomona-Pitzer had a similar result the weekend prior, losing a Saturday doubleheader to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-8, 2-4 SCIAC) after putting forth a strong effort in a 12-3 blowout victory on Friday. Team captain Simon Rosenbaum PO '16 chalked up the inconsistencies of the past couple weekends to a lack of execution.

“It was an inconsistent weekend for us,” he said. “We need to be more consistent. We can be better in all three areas on the game. We can talk all we want about how we want to do things but the bottom line is that we need to execute when it counts.”

Andrew Phillips PO ’19 agreed with Rosenbaum, saying, “We need to focus on having good at bats. We can't try to do too much at the plate and just need to do our job.”

This is not to say the Sagehens have not had great individual performances even when the team has struggled. Pitcher David Gerics PO ’17 moved to 3-0 with a win on Friday, posting six strikeouts while holding Redlands to one run and five hits in 6.2 innings.

“Our pitching has been great so far this year. Gerics, Cam [Yen] PO ‘16, and [Nicholas] Radich PO ’18 have all kept us in close ballgames and our bullpen has done an excellent job of backing them up most of the time,” Phillips said. “For the infield, Tanner [Nishioka] PO ’17 is doing pretty well at second and [Jeremy] Burton PO ’19 has stepped in nicely at short. Rob [Simsiman] PO ’18 and [Adam] Hinthorne PO ’18 have been getting it done in the Quality Plate Appearance department.”

These impressive individual performances and a victory against a quality Redlands team Friday give the Sagehens confidence that moving forward, the team will find success.

“Our Friday win against Redlands showed we could compete with the best of them,” Phillips said. “In our Texas tournament we went 4-0 against tough ranked competition. All of these wins prove how good of a baseball team we can be.”

The Sagehens next take the field Friday, Mar. 4th, in an away game against Whittier College (2-8, 0-3) at 2:30 p.m. The series against the Poets will continue at home this Saturday; with games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Rosenbaum believes the Sagehens can take the series.

“We are confident going into this weekend,” he said. “We know that when we play our game and play solid all the way around for 27 outs, we're tough to beat. As long as we focus on controlling what we can control, we are going to put ourselves in a position to win games.”

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