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The Sagehen Report for February 18

Nick Gentili '13 hit a home run on this swing in the first inning of the first game to start the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team on its way to a three-game sweep of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Nick Gentili '13 hit a home run on this swing in the first inning of the first game to start the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team on its way to a three-game sweep of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

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A great start for the Baseball team got even better, the Men's Basketball team earned its postseason ticket, and five Women's Swimming program records fell this week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics.

Baseball got off to a hot start to the season last weekend with four wins in four games, and began SCIAC play this week with a three-game series against cross-street rivals CMS. The Sagehens continued to roll, remarkably scoring at least one run in the first 13 innings of the weekend, capturing 11-1 and 13-3 wins in the first two games of the series. The final game was tighter, but the Pomona-Pitzer bullpen closed the door in a 4-2 win.

Also a remarkable achievement this weekend was that all nine starters had at least one hit in all three games. Jake Bruml '15 allowed one run to improve to 2-0 this season and 9-0 in his career, while also hitting .545 at the plate (6-11) with four RBI and six runs scored. Freshmen Cameron Yen PI '16 and Simon Rosenbaum '16 also improved to 2-0 in their young careers with wins in the Saturday doubleheader as the Sagehens improved to 7-0 on the young season. Nick Gentili '13 homered in each of the first two games, and Drew Heller '14 picked up his third save without allowing a base runner.

Men's Basketball had a brief setback with a home loss to CMS after jumping out to a 16-1 lead, but regrouped for an emphatic 76-62 win at Occidental to clinch a bid to the SCIAC Tournament. Michael Cohen '15 had his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. The Sagehens end the season with a home game against Whittier on Tuesday. A win would set up another Sixth Street game on Friday at CMS in the SCIAC semifinals, while a loss would send the Sagehens to top-seeded Redlands on Friday instead.

The postseason has already begun in the pool, and the Women's Swimming and Diving team saw five school records fall on the first day of the SCIAC Championships on Sunday. Alex Lincoln '14 swam a 24.05 in the 50-yard freestyle to set a new school mark, Jackie Tran '15 clocked a 57.66 in the 100 back, and Ellena Basada '16 touched the wall in 2:09.09 in the 200-yard individual medley, breaking a record that had stood since 1987 (Lyn Cunliffe). Both the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay teams set school marks as well. The Sagehens have two more days of competition at the SCIACs in La Mirada to try to add to their record haul.

For the second straight year, the Women's Basketball team earned a Senior Day win by defeating CMS 69-65 in its final home game of the year. Vanessa Ho '13 hit the go-ahead three-pointer to break a tie with three minutes left and added the final defensive rebound to seal the win in her final appearance at Voelkel Gymnasium. Amelia Hummel '16 also hit two pressure foul shots in the final 10 seconds to help the Sagehens come away with the win. Jenn Okonkwo '16 added a career-high 25 points in a loss to Occidental on Saturday.

Women's Lacrosse took a huge step forward this week by defeating Occidental, one of last year's SCIAC finalists. The Sagehens trailed 6-4 at the half, but dominated after intermission for a 15-12 win. Jana London '14 had a huge day with nine goals, seven in the second half, to tie a career high. Logan Galansky '14 and Ally McLaughlin '16 each had two goals and two assists. The Sagehens host two conference games this week, as CMS visits Merritt Field on Wednesday night, and Whittier visits the South Athletic Complex on Saturday.

Track and Field opened the 2013 season at home on Saturday for its annual All Comers Meet. Ailene Nguyen '16 started her Sagehen career by placing fourth in program history in three different events (100-meter dash, long jump, triple jump) to highlight the day. Annie Lydens '13 was the top collegiate competitor in the mile as she looks to close out her stellar career this spring on a high note. Garret Bell '14 broke 40 feet in the shot put for the first time in his career on the men's side.

Women's Golf also began the spring season with a strong showing, coming in second out of three teams at Los Serranos. Tiffany Gu '16 shot an 84, just one shot behind the individual leader in difficult windy conditions, while Laura Berman '14 shot an 85 in her return to the team after missing last season. The Sagehens were 24 points behind CMS, and 23 points ahead of Cal Lutheran on the day.

The final spring sports get started this week, with Men's Golf opening with its own invitational on Monday at Via Verde, Men's Tennis hosting Bates on Thursday and Women's Tennis traveling to La Verne on Friday.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Monday, Feb. 18
Swim/Dive at SCIAC Championships, 9 a.m.
Men's Golf at Via Verde, 12 p.m.
Women's Basketball at La Verne, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Swim/Dive at SCIAC Championships, 9 a.m.
Men's Basketball (H) vs. Whittier, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
Women's Lacrosse (H) vs. CMS, 7 p.m. (Merritt Field)

Thursday, Feb. 21
Men's Tennis (H) vs. Bates, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22
Women's Tennis at La Verne, 2 p.m.
Baseball at Cal Lutheran, 2:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball at SCIAC Semis, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23
Track+Field at CMS Rossi Relays, 10 a.m.
Women's Golf at Whittier Narrows, 10 a.m.
Men's Golf at Industry Hills, 10 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Cal Lutheran (DH), 11 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. Whittier, 12 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse (H) vs. Whittier, 1 p.m. (South Athletic Complex)
Men's Basketball at SCIAC Finals, 7 p.m. (if Sagehens advance)

Sunday, Feb. 24
Women's Golf at Whittier Narrows, 10 a.m.
Men's Golf at Industry Hills, 10 a.m.