CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Pomona-Pitzer baseball team split their double header with Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Whittier with an 8-4 loss in game one and a 10-7 win in game two on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The Sagehens struck first in the bottom of the second as freshman Matt Omori smacked a two run double to left center to put Pomona-Pitzer on top 2-0.
The Poets responded with a run of their own in the top of the third as Matthew Mace hit an RBI single through the left side of the infield to cut the lead down to 2-1.
Whittier came back to tie the game in the top of the sixth as Jake Raynaud led off the inning with a double to deep left field and was driven in by Dylan DeBrouwer on a sacrifice fly to right.
Pomona-Pitzer found themselves in some trouble in the top of the 8th as sophomore reliever Peyton Holm came in with runners on first and third with one out. The Sagehens walked in a run with the bases loaded and had a costly throwing error that scored two more Poets as Whittier took a 5-2 lead.
Whittier tacked on two more in the inning as they executed a suicide squeeze and hit an RBI single to center field to take a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.
Whittier added one more in the ninth and held off the Sagehens as they took game one of the double header and a 2-0 advantage in the season series.
The Poets started out the second game with a big inning as they tallied three runs to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer answered in the bottom of the first as junior Tanner Nishioka hit a massive opposite field two-run homer to cut the lead down to 3-2.
The Poets tacked on one more in the top of the third as they took advantage of an error by the Sagehen defense to extend their lead to 4-2.
Whittier reclaimed the lead at 5-4 in the fourth with a fielder's choice to bring home Andrew Lamar.
Nishioka came back to smash his second home run of the game with a solo shot to dead center to tie the game up at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth.
After back-to-back walks to start the inning, the Sagehens ended up with runners on second and third with two outs. Senior Billy Morales hit a clutch RBI single to left field to bring home Nishioka and Rosenbaum to give Pomona-Pitzer a 7-5 lead after seven innings of play.
The Poets responded with two of their own in the top of the eighth as the game went tied again at 7-7.
Whittier decided to intentionally walk Nishioka to pitch to Rosenbaum with two men on in the bottom of the eighth. Rosenbaum responded with a two run double down the line and Rogan singled home Rosenbaum and the Sagehens took a 10-7 lead going into the ninth.
Rosenbaum came in to close out the ninth for his second save of the year and gave the Sagehens a win in game two.
The Sagehens next take the field as they host a double header with Linfield and Ithaca on Sunday, March 13th beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Alumni Field.