May 9, 2012

Seven Pomona-Pitzer Baseball Players Earn All-SCIAC Honors

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team had five players named first-team All-SCIAC, as well as two named to the second team, in a vote of the league's coaches, it was announced today by the conference office.

First team selections included senior pitcher Travis Rooke-Ley (Eugene, Ore. - pictured), senior first baseman James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.), junior outfielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.), freshman third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) and freshman utility player Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.).

Chosen to the second team were junior outfielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and junior relief pitcher Guy Stevens (Lafayette, Calif.). Pomona-Pitzer finished second in the SCIAC with a 19-9 record, one game out of first, and is 25-12-1 overall, ranked sixth in the West Region.

Rooke-Ley earned first-team honors after a dominant senior year, stepping in as the No. 1 starter to replace graduated David Colvin. Rooke-Ley was 8-3 overall, including 7-1 in conference games. He was 6-0 with an 0.73 earned run average in his first seven conference starts to put the Sagehens in position for a late-season run at the conference title.

Campbell emerged as one of the top hitters in the Sagehen line-up this season, ranking among the national leaders in home runs and RBI. He finished the regular season with a .397 batting average, 11 homers, and 49 RBI, and had some big hits for Pomona-Pitzer in key spots, including a two-run homer in a 4-1 win over No. 2 Kean.

Gentili was neck-and-neck with Campbell for the team batting lead all season long and currently leads the Sagehens with a .401 average to go along with seven homers and 41 RBI. Gentili also ended the regular season second in the nation in runs scored with 55, and has reached base 36 times this year by walks or hit-by-pitches, while striking out only nine times.

Lopez stepped into the starting line-up in the first weeks of the season and never came back out, playing both second base and third base over the course of the year. He batted .338 with 32 RBI for the Sagehens, and played solid defense for a team that sometimes started an all-freshman infield.

One of the other key freshmen was Bruml, who played some first base and designated hitter, and served as the team's No. 2 pitcher. Bruml is hitting .323 with five homers and 31 RBI and was 7-0 on the mound, with all seven wins coming in conference games. He took the ball in must-win games late in the year against La Verne and Redlands to keep Pomona-Pizter's title hopes alive and won both.

Munzer earned All-SCIAC honors for the third time in his career, as he provided versatility in the batting order, sometimes batting leadoff, and sometimes batting clean-up. He is hitting .338 with two homers and 33 RBI on the year, while stealing a team-high 12 bases and playing outstanding defense in center field.

Stevens began the year as one of the top three starters for the Sagehens, but eventually settled into a relief role, where his dominant performances down the stretch helped Pomona-Pitzer finish 13-2 in its final 15 games. Stevens had five saves and two wins in relief in that stretch, all of which came in extended outings of two innings or more, including three of four innings or more. Overall, he is 3-3 with a 4.35 earned run average on the year.

Pomona-Pitzer is in the at-large picture for an NCAA Division III Tournament berth due to its regional ranking, and will find out its fate when the selections are announced on Sunday evening.