March 10, 2012

Baseball Salvages Split With Game Two Win

Claremont, Calif. – Junior Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) and senior James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn. - pictured) each hit two-run homers as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team salvaged a split of a doubleheader with La Verne by taking the nightcap 10-4. La Verne won the opening game 15-4.

With the split, the Sagehens move to 9-7-1 overall and 8-7 in the SCIAC, while first-place La Verne moves to 13-6 overall and 9-3 in the SCIAC.

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 3-0 early, but a two-run homer from Gentili in the second cut the lead to 3-2, and Campbell hit a two-run bomb in the fifth to give Pomona-Pitzer a 5-4 lead it would not relinquish.

The Sagehens added a three-run sixth inning to stretch the lead to 8-4, as sophomore left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) had a sacrifice fly, Campbell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and junior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) added another sacrifice fly.

Pomona-Pitzer added a third sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, from freshman shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.), to push the lead to 9-4, and freshman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.), the starting pitcher who earned the victory, helped his own cause with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

Bruml went six innings before giving way to freshman Mark Okuma (Palos Verdes, Calif.), who worked his way out of a two-on, none-out jam by tipping a grounder up the middle into the path of freshman second baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.), who stepped on second and turned the double play.

Okuma threw three innings, retiring the first seven batters he faced (including the double play, before allowing a two-out walk and single in the ninth, to get his first collegiate save. Gentili was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Campbell was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

In the opening game, the Sagehens jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Gentili RBI single on a chopper up the middle, and a two-run single from Lopez. Campbell added an RBI single in the bottom of the second, but La Verne scored the next 13 runs unanswered for a 15-4 win.

Bryce Roenicke was 4-for-5 in the opener with two RBI for the Leopards, while Ross Hebert was 2-for-2 with four RBI, and Cody Hazel was 2-for-5 with four RBI. Munzer, Campbell, Bruml and Lopez all had two hits for Pomona-Pitzer

Pomona-Pitzer steps out of the SCIAC this week for Spring Break home games with Ithaca and Rutgers-Newark on Friday, Kean on Saturday, and Puget Sound on Sunday.