The Sagehen Report: Week of February 6
Jack Klukas â€™15 played the best game of his young career, scoring 28 points against the University of Redlands last Saturday.
Among the highlights in Pomona-Pitzer athletics this week were the Sagehen Women’s Swimming and Diving team continuing an impressive streak going against a conference rival and the Men’s Basketball team capturing an exciting win at home to take over sole possession of second place in the SCIAC with two weeks left in the regular season.
Women’s Swimming and Diving fought off a challenge from Occidental to capture a 127-104 win on the road in its regular season finale, extending its streak against the Tigers to 30 years. Occidental’s last win in the series came in 1982, and its closest margin of defeat since came last year, when the Sagehens won 120-117 at home. Pomona-Pitzer led just 60-59 at the midway point of the meet, but Charlotte Dohrn ’13 picked up a key win in the butterfly, and Alex Lincoln ’14 followed with her second individual win in the freestyle to give the Sagehens some separation.
The Men’s Swimming and Diving team made it a clean sweep of Occidental with a 130-83 win. All-American Max Scholten ’12 won his two individual events, while Joe LaBriola ’12 and Hugh Berryman ’15 each added two wins, and Chris Wright ’12 earned a win in the butterfly. Both teams will be in action again at the SCIAC Championships on Feb. 19-21.
The Men’s Basketball team faced a key home game with Redlands on Saturday in a battle between two of the three teams that were tied for second in the conference standings. Pomona-Pitzer led by 12 early in the second half (40-28), but had to withstand numerous rallies from Redlands, which came back to within two points on four different occasions (and three points on four other occasions).
Jack Klukas ’15 responded with the best game of his young career, scoring 28 points, including three huge three-pointers in the final seven minutes to keep Redlands at bay. Jake Klewer ’14 had 12 points and 12 rebounds, including 6-6 from the foul line in the final 22 seconds, while Michael Cohen ’15 hit a huge three-pointer with 1:20 to go to push the Sagehen lead to seven points. The Sagehens will be back in action at the Rains Center on Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against Cal Lutheran. The game will feature live stats and video/audio from the Claremont Sports Connection on www.sagehens.com.
The Baseball team got its bats going in a big way with a 19-2 win over Whitworth on Thursday. The Sagehens used an 11-run fifth inning to pull away and support a strong pitching performance from Travis Rooke-Ley PI ’12, who allowed just one hit in five innings while striking out seven to get the win. Nick Gentili ’13 hit a three-run homer, and scored five runs on the day, while James Campbell ’12, Mike Moyer ’14 and E.J. Lopez PI ’15 each had two RBI. The Sagehens start SCIAC play this weekend with a three-game series against Whittier on Friday and Saturday, with Friday’s game on the road and Saturday’s doubleheader at home.
The spring season got even busier as well this weekend, as Men’s Tennis, which was ranked No. 8 in the nation in the preseason NCAA Division III poll, opened its spring with a 6-3 defeat against Azusa-Pacific, the No. 4 ranked team in NAIA. Tommy Meyer ’12 earned wins in both No. 1 singles and doubles (with Uday Singh ’12) to get his season off to a strong start. Women’s Water Polo picked up its first win on Saturday (12-6 over Cal State San Bernardino) behind three goals apiece from Alyssa Woodward PI ’15 and Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15. Softball dropped two games to undefeated Vanguard to spoil a terrific day from Emily Glass ’15, who was 6-for-7 at the plate, including 4-for-4 in the nightcap.
Three more spring sports open their seasons this week, as Men’s Golf is at the Laminate Grip Tournament on Thursday, Women’s Golf is at the first SCIAC Tournament at Empire Lakes on Friday, and Women’s Lacrosse opens up against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday.