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The Sagehen Report: Week of February 13

 John Hasse '12 who shot a 74 to finish fifth at the season-opening Lamkin Grip Tournament on Thursday.

John Hasse '12 who shot a 74 to finish fifth at the season-opening Lamkin Grip Tournament on Thursday.

Emily Glass ’15 is batting .600 for the softball team.

Emily Glass ’15 is batting .600 for the softball team.

The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball team inched closer to a SCIAC Tournament berth, while the Baseball team got off to a good start in SCIAC play, as the overlap of the winter and spring seasons produced a busy week of Sagehen sports action.

Men’s Basketball bounced back from a tough home loss to Cal Lutheran on Wednesday by going on the road and defeating La Verne 74-63 on Saturday. The Sagehens trailed 61-57 with 5:30 to go, but responded with a 17-0 run before La Verne scored the last basket of the game in the closing seconds. Michael Cohen ‘15 had 13 of his 15 points in the second half, while Jake Klewer ’14 had several clutch plays down the stretch, including a reverse lay-up in traffic to give the Sagehens the lead for good.

Pomona-Pitzer now has a three-game lead over Occidental and Cal Lutheran with three games to play, needing just one win to clinch a SCIAC Tournament berth. The Sagehens host Occidental on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.), and then host Whittier on Saturday (7 p.m.) in a battle between two teams currently tied for second place. The Whittier game will be the final regular season home contest for Evan Zahniser ’12, Danny Brown ’12, R.J. Maki ’11 (CGU ’13) and Greg Wright ’12. Both home games will be video streamed live by the Claremont Sports Connection, and you can watch all the action by logging on to on game days and clicking on the “video” link on the schedule.

The Women’s Basketball team split its two games this week, as junior guard Alexis Sones ’13 continued her torrid shooting. Sones set a personal best with six three-pointers in a win at Caltech on Thursday, and then did herself one better with seven three-pointers in a loss at La Verne on Saturday. Asha Gipson ’12 added a double-double against La Verne with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Gipson will play her final collegiate home game on Saturday when the Sagehens end their 2011-12 season with a home game against Whittier (5 p.m.).

Baseball saw its record move to 3-1-1 on the year as it took two of three from Whittier in its first SCIAC series of the spring. Travis Rooke-Ley PI ’12 had his second straight impressive pitching performance, allowing no earned runs over seven innings of work in a 10-5 win in the series opener. Jake Bruml ’15 picked up his first collegiate win on Saturday in an 11-6 Sagehen victory, after adding a two-run homer in his first SCIAC game on Friday. Nick Gentili ’13 continued his torrid hitting with a four-RBI performance on Saturday, and a 2-for-4 effort in the finale on Sunday. Gentili is hitting .556 on the year (10-18) to lead the Sagehens, who entertain Caltech on Friday before traveling to face the Beavers in Pasadena for a doubleheader on Saturday.

Women’s Water Polo won both of its matches this weekend, as it defeated Redlands 13-7 and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 15-13 at the La Verne Mini-Tournament. Annie Oxborough-Yankus PI ’12 had four goals in the CMS win, including one which broke a 13-13 tie with three minutes to play, while Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 added an insurance goal to cap off the win, her third of the match. Sarah Westcott ’15 had a team-high three goals against Redlands to key that victory.

John Hasse ’12 got off to a strong start for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Golf team, as he shot a 74 to finish tied for fifth at the Lamkin Grip Tournament at Sierra La Verne. A second-team All-SCIAC performer in 2011, Hasse finished just three shots off the lead at the event, and was within one shot of the lead heading into the 18th hole before settling for a fifth-place finish.

Martha Marich ’12 also had a strong start to her season for Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Lacrosse in a losing effort at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Marich, who led the nation in scoring as a sophomore in 2010 with 113 goals, had her junior year cut short by injury and missed the fall season with the Women’s Soccer team while rehabbing her knee. She returned to action by scoring six of Pomona-Pitzer’s eight goals in its loss to CMS. Marich and the Sagehens will be back in action this week with their home opener against Whittier on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Softball split its two games at home this week, as rain and darkness affected their schedule. The Sagehens dropped a 6-1 decision to Pacific (Ore.) in a game that was shortened to five innings due to darkness and then defeated Chapman 10-7 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on Saturday before the second game was suspended due to rain.

Pitcher Fiona Riley ’15 earned her first collegiate win against Chapman when she came on in relief in the fifth, and then hit the go-ahead two-run single at the plate with two outs in the bottom half. Emily Glass ’15 was 2-for-3 against Pacific and 3-for-4 against Chapman, extending a hot streak at the plate which saw her get 11 hits in a span of 12 at-bats over four games. She is now hitting .600 on the year (12-20). The Sagehens open conference play at home this week with a home doubleheader against Redlands on Saturday.

The Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams will also open their seasons this weekend, as Pomona-Pitzer hosts the annual All-Comers Meet on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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