Baseball Slips in SCIAC Standings After Losing Two of Three to Redlands

With only seven league games left in the season, the Sagehens suffered a major setback this past weekend in their quest to defend their title as SCIAC Champions. Against Redlands, the P-P baseball team started out the series strong with a W on Friday, but couldn’t keep up with the Bulldog bats and dropped the next two games. After the series the Sagehens dropped to fourth place in SCIAC and 22nd in the national rankings, one spot behind 21-ranked Redlands.

The Sagehens went into the series needing a strong performance against Redlands, and came out Friday ready to meet the challenge. On the mound, Pitzer senior ace David Colvin had another great outing and shut down the potent Bulldog bats for almost the entire game. Colvin pitched a dominant complete game for the Hens, only allowing two runs while striking out eight. The two runs came in the first two innings, after which Colvin found his form to shut down the opposition for the rest of the game.

Colvin benefited from solid defensive play behind him, and catcher Garret Lenhardt PZ ’13 picked off a runner with a strong throw to first.

Unlike the Bulldog bats, the Sagehen hitters took longer to heat up, but ultimately mustered just enough run production to ensure Colvin’s sixth win of the season. The Sagehens pushed their first run across home plate in the seventh thanks to a sacrifice fly to left field by designated hitter Nick Gentili PO ’13, bringing in Timmy Novom PO ’14 ahead of the throw. Still down a run in the eighth, the P-P bats came alive just in time. Teddy Bingham PO ’11 started the inning off right with a double to center, and Kyle Pokorny PO ’12 brought him in two batters later with another double.

Mike Moyer PO ’13 kept the inning rolling with an infield single, and the next batter, Novom, singled to left to bring in what would prove to be the game-winning run. Moyer would later score to add to the lead on a ball hit back to the pitcher by Nick Frederick PO ’11. Colvin would set the Bulldogs down in order in the ninth to secure the 4-2 victory.

On Saturday, the Bulldog batters came ready to hit, and the Sagehens were just not able to keep up. P-P would lose the rather lopsided first game of the double-header 8-2.

The Sagehens generated more offense in the second game, scoring six runs on 10 hits, but Redlands was able to hang nine runs on the board thanks to some timely hitting. Erik Munzer PZ ’13 and James Campbell PO ’12 both hit home runs in the losing effort.

Despite these two losses, the Sagehens still have a chance to win another SCIAC championship, but they will need some help. The Hens will most likely need to win out, but that still may not be enough if Redlands and La Verne don't lose a few games themselves. The Hens do get a chance to knock off the first-place Bulldogs when they face off on April 24.

P-P would also like to win out to secure a spot in the Division-III playoffs. With six teams making the West Regional, the Sagehens have a very good chance of being chosen by the selection committee. While the SCIAC champion gets an automatic bid, the Sagehens could still be chosen as an at-large bid due to some big wins over Chapman and Johns Hopkins earlier this season. Their national rank of 22nd in the most recent polls also seems to be a good indicator that they will be selected even if they do not win the SCIAC championship.

This weekend P-P has two home games, playing La Verne on Friday and rival CMS on Saturday.

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