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The Sagehen Report: Week of January 30

Erik Munzer PI '13, making the catch in center field. Photo by Sarah Gopher-Stevens P '13, parent of player Guy Stevens '13.

Erik Munzer PI '13, making the catch in center field. Photo by Sarah Gopher-Stevens P '13, parent of player Guy Stevens '13.

All-American Max Scholten '12 earned two individual wins at the closing meet against University of La Verne.

All-American Max Scholten '12 earned two individual wins at the closing meet against University of La Verne.

This past week saw one winter sport host its final home event (Swimming and Diving), while two spring sports hosted their first home events (Baseball and Softball). 

The Pomona-Pitzer Swimming and Diving teams celebrated their senior day before its meet against La Verne, and then cruised to a pair of wins, as the women won 193-72 and the men won 179-85. A pair of record holders went out in style, as Kristen Lindbergh ‘12 won the 200-yard freestyle and was a part of the winning relay team, while All-American Max Scholten ’12 earned two individual wins and swam the first leg of a record-breaking relay team in his final event at Haldeman Pool.

Scholten, fellow senior Joe LaBriola ’12, Andrew Savage PI ’15 and Hugh Berryman ’15 finished the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:12.32, breaking the Haldeman Pool record set last weekend by Redlands. The Sagehens actually broke the old pool record last week in the Redlands meet as well, but lost the race to the Bulldogs and ended with the second-fastest time, before breaking it this weekend against La Verne.

The pool record was a fitting final home event for Scholten, who earned All-America honors last year in the backstroke. Scholten has his name on five program records, including the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, the 200-yard individual medley, and two relays. 

LaBriola also won the 500-yard freestyle, while Chris Wright ’12 won the 200-yard butterfly, and Tom Cleveland ’12 joined Scholten on the winning medley relay team, proving a strong day all around for the program’s seniors.  On the women’s side, Lindbergh was supported by her young teammates as Nola Shi ’15, Kelsey Atkinson ’14 and Alex Lincoln ’14 each won two individual events to lead the Sagehens to the win.

Men’s Basketball had a pair of tough road contests this week and came away with a split. Michael Cohen ’15 had a game-high 23 points, while classmates Jack Klukas ’15 and Kyle McAndrews ’15 added 13 and 10, respectively in a 66-57 road win over Whittier. The three Sagehen freshmen combined for 46 of the team’s 66 points. Against Occidental on Saturday, Evan Zahniser ’12 stepped up with 14 points, but Pomona-Pitzer was hurt by cold first-half shooting (3-30 from the floor) in a 64-56 defeat.

The Sagehens are now tied for second in the SCIAC with Whittier, and travel to Caltech on Wednesday and host Redlands on Saturday this week.  The Redlands game will be the second half of a doubleheader with the Women’s Basketball team, which also hosts Cal Lutheran on Thursday after battling first-place Occidental tough on Saturday before falling 61-48. Alexis Sones ’13 had a game-high 12 points in that contest. 

The Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team helped get the spring underway with a dramatic season opener, as Nick Gentili ’13 scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth to salvage a 7-7 tie with Westmont (coached by former Sagehen Robert Ruiz ’03) in a game that was called due to darkness. James Campbell ’12 was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Erik Munzer PI ’13 was 2-for-4 with a triple and a highlight-reel leaping catch against the wall. Travis Rooke-Ley was solid on the mound, allowing five hits in 5.2 innings to get the no-decision. The Sagehens host Whitworth on Thursday this week for another non-conference game.

The Softball team had a pair of strong pitching performances as Carolyn Cross ’13 threw a three-hitter and Caitlyn Hynes ’14 followed with a two-hitter as it swept La Sierra 4-1 and 8-2 in its season-opener on Friday. Pomona-Pitzer trailed 1-0 in the fourth inning in the opener, before Leah Bleichner had a two-run single to put the Sagehens ahead to stay 2-1, and Ari Roach PI ’12 and Bri Marcantoni PI ’12 followed with RBI doubles.

In the nightcap, the Sagehens trailed 2-0 before taking advantage of three La Sierra errors in the fourth to go ahead 3-2, with Shannon Julius PI ’14 providing the tying RBI single. Emily Glass ’15 added a two-run double in the fifth inning and Meagan Tokunaga ’15 followed with a two-run single. Pomona-Pitzer is away this week at Vanguard on Saturday for a doubleheader.

Women’s Water Polo also got its season underway at the Cal Speedo Invitational, falling to No. 2 California in its season opener, while also falling to No. 11 Loyola Marymount, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal Baptist. Alyssa Woodward PI ’15 had a strong first weekend of her collegiate career by leading the Sagehens in scoring in all four games.

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