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The Sagehen Report: Week of April 23

Anders Crabo '12 became the first Sagehen in 27 years to break the nine-minute mark in the steeplechase.

Anders Crabo '12 became the first Sagehen in 27 years to break the nine-minute mark in the steeplechase.

This week in Pomona-Pitzer athletics saw historical achievements on the track, in the pool, on the course, and on the softball field as several highlight performances were turned in by the Sagehens. 

On the track, Pomona-Pitzer sent two of its most accomplished athletes to compete at the Mt. Sac Relays, and the duo did not disappoint. Anders Crabo ’12 finished third out of 26 competitors (mostly Division I athletes) in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:59.11. He became the first Sagehen in 27 years to eclipse the nine-minute mark, which was last accomplished by Chris Grenzer in 1985 with a time of 8:59.10 (the school record of 8:56.13 was set in 1981 by Nick Buchan). It was also the fastest time for any Division III athlete this season. On the women’s side, Annie Lydens ’13 ran a competitive 10,000 meter race for the first time in her career and recorded the second-fastest time in program history (36:48.06). Both track teams will be at the 2012 SCIAC Championships at Redlands this weekend. 

The Softball team, meanwhile, established a new program record for wins in a season with 22, breaking the mark of 21 set in 2008. They tied the mark in impressive fashion, sweeping No. 22 CMS in its home finale on Friday with a 5-0 win in the opener and a 2-1 win in the nightcap. Pitcher Fiona Riley ’15 earned wins in both games, including a two-hit shutout in the opener, while the Sagehens had another seventh-inning comeback with two runs in the nightcap, capped off by a game-winning bases-loaded single from Leah Bleichner ’15.  The Sagehens, who picked up win No. 22 at Cal Lutheran on Saturday, will be in action at the SCIAC Championships this weekend at Redlands, taking on CMS in the first round on Friday.

Women’s Water Polo capped off an impressive undefeated regular season in the SCIAC (and against Division III opponents) with a dramatic 11-10 triple-overtime win at Whittier in its finale on Saturday (after defeating CMS 8-5 in its home finale on Wednesday), to maintain its No. 1 ranking in Division III. Perri Hopkins PI ’12 had the game-winning goal on a 6-on-5 in the third overtime to enable the Sagehens to finish the regular season 7-0 in conference (with four wins in overtime) and 12-0 against Division III teams. Annie Oxborough-Yankus PI ’12 and Alyssa Woodward PI ’15 each added three goals as well. The Sagehens will be in action this weekend at the SCIAC Championships at Whittier, serving as the top seed in the event. 

The first Sagehens to begin postseason play were the golf teams, as they played the first 18 holes of the 36-hole championship on Sunday. John Hasse ’12 made a little history of his own by shooting a three-under 69 in the first round, his high round of the year and one of the best rounds for the program in SCIAC Championship history. 

Baseball stayed alive in its quest for the SCIAC title with a terrific week on the diamond, defeating Occidental 6-3 on the road, knocking off first-place La Verne 8-2 and then capping off the week with a 16-1 victory over Caltech. Jake Bruml ’15 had the pitching victories against both Occidental and La Verne and also batted .500 on the week (including 3-for-4 in the La Verne game). James Campbell ’12 hit two-run homers against La Verne and Caltech to push his total to 11 for the season, while Guy Stevens ’13 continued his impressive bullpen performances as late by finishing off both the Occidental and La Verne wins for saves. The Sagehens trail La Verne by two games with two to play, and will try to stay alive when they host their regular season finale against Redlands on Friday. 

Men’s and Women’s Tennis picked up identical 6-3 wins over Redlands on Sunday to cap off the SCIAC regular season. Women’s Tennis (ranked No. 15 in the country) earned the second seed in the SCIAC Tournament with a 6-1 conference record, as Nicole Holsted ’12 celebrated her Senior Day with wins in both singles and doubles (along with classmate Emily Kawahara PI ’12). Holsted trailed 5-2 in the first set before rallying to win the next five games and take the set 7-5. Sammy Chao ’14 finished the regular season undefeated in singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win to improve to 10-0 on the year, while Jamie Solomon PI ’13 picked up a big win at No. 1 singles, rallying back for a 7-6 tiebreaker win in the first set before taking the second set 6-0. 

Men’s Tennis took a 2-1 lead after doubles at Redlands, but needed to pull out four three-set wins in singles to escape with the 6-3 victory. Max Sabel PI ’13 and Frankie Allinson ’13 won an 8-4 decision at No. 1 doubles and then both took three-set wins in singles. Allison prevailed in a tiebreaker in the second set to force a third, while Tommy Meyer ’12 picked up a key win at No. 1 singles after dropping the first set as well. Connor Hudson ’15 added the final singles win for the Sagehens. Both tennis teams will compete in the Ojai Tournament this weekend before heading to the SCIAC Championships on May 4-5. 

Women’s Lacrosse will also begin SCIAC Championship play this week as it travels to Whittier on Wednesday. The two teams split during the regular season, with the Sagehens winning in February 26-18 behind 11 goals from Martha Marich ’12. Pomona-Pitzer fell in its regular season finale on Saturday 18-11 at Occidental, as Marich and Jana London PI ’14 each scored four goals. 

This is a busy week of postseason action for Pomona-Pitzer, with seven teams all participating in SCIAC championships over the course of the week, as well as baseball (which doesn’t have a SCIAC tournament) essentially playing postseason games as well. 

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