The Pomona-Pitzer baseball team came out bats a-blazing last Saturday, March 4, to earn two wins in a double-header over the Whittier College Poets at home on Alumni Field. With hard work and the utmost dedication, the Sagehens earned this comeback after a loss to the Poets on Friday, March 3. Last Friday’s game ended with a score of 3-2 in favor of the Poets on a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth.
The first game was led by Bryce Rogan PO ’18 and Nolan McCafferty PO ’20, each earning a perfect four hits at four batting opportunities (4-4). McCafferty also earned a career-high five RBI in the win. Tanner Nishioka PO ’17 and Kevin Jordan PZ ’17 also contributed to the win with three hits out of four bats (3-4). The Sagehens took the decisive victory, ending the game 12-2.
McCafferty described his team's playing as “more relaxed and focused on having fun, rather than being tense and putting pressure on [themselves] to win.”
The results speak for themselves in their comeback after Friday’s loss.
Ethan Baer PZ ’20 recounted Friday’s game, saying the “bats did not get going until later in the game,” ultimately contributing to the loss and a slow game. However, the Sagehens capitalized on the momentum early in Saturday’s game, as the Sagehens “came out from the start and collected hits,” and they hope to maintain the same energy in their non-conference games over spring break.
With an advantage in stamina and momentum, the Sagehens entered the second game ready for anything. The team was led by Jeremy Jess PZ ’20 who went 3-4 at bat, as well as Tyler Yoshihara PO ’20 and Rogan, who each went 2-4 at bat. The Poets were resilient and leveled up with the Sagehens in the top of the third with a score of 1-1. However, the Poets could not stand up to the Sagehens, who went on to score three more runs, earning another decisive victory with a score of 4-1.
Andrew Phillips PO ’19 recognizes how big this weekend was for his team, as they came out with two wins, building momentum for the rest of the season. Phillips credits their pitchers, saying the “pitching was really solid in all three games with David, Jeremy, and Nick all throwing strikes and keeping their team in the games.” The team and Sagehen fans are hopeful for the upcoming SCIAC season.
The Sagehens improved their record to 6-10 overall and 2-4 in SCIAC conference play while the Poets dropped 3-11 overall and 1-7 in conference play. They will play next in the California Classic as they host non-conference opponent Ithaca College on Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m.