The Sagehen Report: Week of March 12
The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team greets Kathryn Rabak '13 (#20) at home plate after her three-run homer gave the Sagehens a 7-6 win over Staten Island.
This week in Pomona-Pitzer athletics saw the Softball team continue its recent penchant for dramatic wins and the Women’s Water Polo team co-host the largest regular season collegiate water polo tournament in the country.
On the softball diamond, the Sagehens extended their winning streak to six games, with four of them coming in their final at bat. Their first game of the weekend was an aberration of late, as Pomona-Pitzer rolled to a 10-2 win over Staten Island in the first game of a doubleheader. The nightcap, though, saw the Sagehens trail 6-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Bri Marcantoni PI ’12 led off with a double, and Leah Bleichner ’15 followed with a single. One out later, Kathryn Rabak ’13 hit her second home run of the game over the left field fence, her second homer of the game (and her career) to give the Sagehens a dramatic 7-6 win.
Pomona-Pitzer was back in action again on Saturday when it returned to SCIAC play at Whittier, and a new hero stepped up. Meagan Tokunaga ’15 had the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning of the first half of the twinbill, a 2-1 victory, and then added a three-run homer and a steal of home to account for a 4-0 win in the nightcap. Fiona Riley ’15 threw both games, earning a three-hit victory in the opener and a five-hit shutout in the nightcap, as the Sagehens put themselves in great shape for a bid to the SCIAC Tournament at 6-2 in the league so far. Pomona-Pitzer has a non-conference home doubleheader with Puget Sound on Thursday.
Women’s Water Polo co-hosted the Claremont Convergence and continued to build towards its hopes of a SCIAC championship. The Sagehens fell to Division I power UC Irvine, and lost a tight 12-11 decision to Cal Baptist (which defeated Pomona-Pitzer by eight earlier this season) on the first day. On the second day, though, the team regrouped for a 14-8 win over Siena and a 7-4 win over SCIAC foe Whittier, its third win over a SCIAC opponent in three tries this spring (earlier it defeated CMS and Redlands at La Verne’s tournament). Alyssa Woodward PI ’15 continued her strong rookie season with five goals in the two wins, while Annie Oxborough-Yankus PI ’12 came up big in the second half against Whittier by twice answering Poet goals on the very next possession to keep the momentum on the Sagehens side.
Men’s Tennis (ranked No. 12 nationally) and Women’s Tennis (ranked No. 9) both continued to build their momentum for the latter half of the season with some tough home matches. Men’s Tennis went 3-1 with wins over Mary Washington, Haverford and Swarthmore, and Women’s Tennis went 2-1 with wins over Vassar and UC Santa Cruz, although both lost to Trinity (Texas) on Saturday. Chris Wiechert PI ’14 was undefeated in singles on the week at No. 2 singles without losing a set, and Tommy Meyer ’12 was 3-0 at No. 1, including a big singles win against Trinity over 2011 NCAA Semifinalist Max Frey in a third-set tiebreaker (7-5).
Pauley Courts will be busy all week with lots of great tennis against nationally ranked opponents, as the women face Bowdoin on Monday, both teams face Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday, and the men face Kenyon on Friday in its first match of the Stag-Hen Invitational.
Baseball ended its three-game series with La Verne with a 10-4 win after a grueling 9-8 extra-inning loss in the first game of the series. The opener was a wild one, as the Sagehens led 4-0, then fell behind 7-6 and were down to their last out when Jake Bruml ’15 hit a clutch RBI double to tie it. Erik Munzer PI ’13 put the Sagehens ahead with a sacrifice fly in the tenth, but SCIAC-leading La Verne answered with two runs in the bottom half.
The final game of the series saw Nick Gentili ’13 and James Campbell ’12 each hit two-run homers to help the Sagehens overcome an early 3-0 deficit. Bruml threw six innings to get the win, and Mark Okuma ’15 threw the final three shutout innings to get his first collegiate save. The Sagehens will host several non-conference home games this weekend, facing Ithaca and Rutgers-Newark on Friday, Kean College on Saturday and Puget Sound on Sunday.
The Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed in the first half of their annual dual meet with Occidental and each head into the second half with leads, thanks largely to their performances in the field events. Men’s Track and Field saw Garrett Bell ’14 compete in his first meet in the shot put and earn a first-place finish, while Dalton Bolger ’14 came in first place in the discus, and Chris Garnatz ’15 was in first place in the javelin. Matt Sloane ’13 also came in first place in the 400 meters, setting a new personal best.
On the women’s side, Alex Oxborough-Yankus PI ’14 (younger sister of Annie from the women’s water polo team) took first in the discus and hammer throws, Erin Delaria ’15 came in first in the pole vault, and Ellen Yamasaki PI ’15 won the long jump and triple jump. Katie Barton ’15 came in first in the 400-meter hurdles and was a close second in the 100, while Claire Brickson ’14 and Roxanne Cook PI ‘13 were 1-2 in the 1500 meters. The meet ends this week with the distance carnival at Occidental and the results from those events will be added to the totals from this weekend (which see the Sagehen women leading by 13, and the men ahead in a close one 52-51).
Women’s Lacrosse has a pair of home games this week and a trip to Seattle on the weekend. The Sagehens host Puget Sound on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and North Central (Ill.) on Friday at 11 a.m., before traveling to face Puget Sound again on the road on Saturday, and then wrap up the busy week with Pacific on Sunday (at Puget Sound).