Claremont, Calif. – Freshman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) was 3-for-3 with two RBI as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team captured a 9-4 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in its regular season finale on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Pomona-Pitzer sees its record move to 25-12-1 overall and 19-9 in the SCIAC, finishing the year just one game out of first place, as La Verne captured the title with a 20-8 final record. The Sagehens also swept all four meetings with their neighborhood rivals from CMS this season.
Pomona-Pitzer took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) had an RBI double, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. CMS answered back with a run in the bottom of the first after four straight singles to start the game off of Sagehen starter Travis Rooke-Ley (Eugene, Ore,), but he was able to maneuver out of the jam with only the one run allowed, thanks to two force-outs at the plate from his defense.
Pomona-Pitzer fell behind 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Mitchell Pike had an RBI double, but the Sagehens came right back with three runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Senior first baseman James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) had an RBI single and Munzer hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to score junior right fielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.). Freshman designated hitter Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) followed with his third hit of the game to score Campbell from second with the go-ahead run.
The Sagehens then scored two runs without a hit in the top of the sixth as with two outs, Gentili drew a walk and Campbell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Munzer drew a walk for his third RBI of the game, and Bruml followed with yet another walk to stretch the lead to 6-3. Junior outfielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) hit an RBI triple in the seventh inning to give the Sagehens another insurance run.
Campbell beat out an infield single to lead off the eighth and came home on an RBI groundout from freshman third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.). CMS got a run back on an RBI double from William Knowles in the eighth, but Gentili answered with sacrifice fly to deep right field in the top of the ninth to push the lead back to 9-4. Gentili then capped off the win with a cannon of a throw from right field on a sacrifice fly attempt from the Stags for a game-ending double play.
Rooke-Ley threw five innings, allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked one as he picked up the win in his final regular start to improve to 8-3 overall (7-1 in conference). Junior Guy Stevens (Lafayette, Calif.) worked the final four innings for his fifth save of the year.
Pomona-Pitzer will now wait to see if it gets an NCAA Division III berth after closing out the year with a 13-2 record over its final 15 games.