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May 30, 2012

Gentili Earns Academic All-America Honors

Claremont, Calif. - Junior outfielder Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Baseball third team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced today.

Gentili earned the honor for his combined success in both athletics and academics. He becomes the second Sagehen this academic year to earn Capital One Academic All-America distinction, joining first-team football selection James Lambert. Five other athletes are still in contention in their respective sports, which will be announced in June.

Gentili, who carries a 3.62 GPA in mathematical economics at Pomona College, was one of the top hitters for the Sagehens all season long. He finished the year with a team-high .401 batting average and 16 doubles, to go along with seven home runs and 41 RBI, ranking him second in both categories.

In addition to his power numhers, Gentili also finished the regular season ranked second in the nation in runs scored with 55, and was walked or hit by pitch 36 times, compared to only nine strikeouts, giving him an on-base percentage of .514. He also was a valuable defensive player, seeing time at both first base and right field, where he threw two runners out at the plate in key spots late in the year (vs. Cal Lutheran and at CMS) to keep Pomona-Pitzer in the postseason hunt.

The Sagehens finished the year with a 25-12-1 record and in second place in the SCIAC at 19-9, one game shy of first-place La Verne. Pomona-Pitzer was 13-2 in its last 15 games as it made a furious rally to come back from five games down in the middle of the pack to second place.