The Sagehen Report for April 1
The Baseball team celebrates a comeback win over La Verne after being down to its final out in the bottom of the ninth.
This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Baseball team take a dramatic home win over defending SCIAC champion La Verne after being down to its final out and the Men’s Tennis team take a dramatic home win over Wisconsin-Whitewater after being down to its final point, while a pair of freshmen came through with rounds under par for the Men’s Golf team at the West Cup.
The No. 16 ranked Baseball team took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning against La Verne at home, before the Leopards rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth after having two outs and nobody on base. The Sagehens were in the same situation in the bottom of the ninth, when Nick Gentili ’13 singled to right field to start a rally with two outs. Simon Rosenbaum ’16 followed with a single, and Jake Bruml ’15 singled between shortstop and third base to bring home the tying run. After an error loaded the bases, E.J. Lopez PI ’15 singled back up the middle to plate Rosenbaum with the game-winner in a 5-4 Pomona-Pitzer win.
The teams then played a doubleheader at La Verne on Saturday to complete the three-game series, and the Leopards evened the series with a 6-1 win in the opening game. Pomona-Pitzer, which was already without No. 2 starter Cameron Yen PI ’16 with an injury, had to pull Rosenbaum in the first inning with an injury, leaving the pitching staff depleted. However, the Sagehen bats picked up the slack in the nightcap in a 15-4 win, rapping out eight doubles and a home run to take the series two games to one. Lopez again had a big day with two doubles and four RBI, Gentili had a home run, a double, four runs scored and three RBI, and Bruml had a pair of doubles to lead the way.
Men’s Golf traveled to the West Cup at Goose Creek on Monday and Tuesday and earned a tenth place finish out of 15 school behind the strong showing of a pair of freshmen. Kevin Knox ’16 finished in ninth place out of 85 competitors, including a second-round 69, good for two under par, the lowest round for any Sagehen this season. The previous low held for about five hours as Jordan Fox ’16 shot an opening-round 70 on his way to a 14th place finish. Knox ended his three rounds just two over par (215), while Fox was close behind with a 219.
Women’s Lacrosse also had its week end early, as it defeated Oberlin 14-4 on Monday to improve to 8-4 on the season. The Sagehens actually trailed 4-2 early in the second half, and then finished the game on a 12-0 run to break it wide open. The score was still 6-4 with 10 minutes to go, but Pomona-Pitzer was able to catch fire down the stretch and make the final score lopsided. Kaitlin Jones PI ’14, Jana London PI ’14 and Sarah Markowitz PI ’16 all had hat tricks, while Logan Galansky ’14 had a goal and two assists.
In Women’s Track and Field, Ailene Nguyen ’16 almost added to her record-breaking performances in the early stages of her career as she fell one inch short of the longest-standing record in program history in the long jump. Nguyen jumped 18-3 at the CA/NV Championships at UC San Diego, just barely off the record of 18-4, set by Jenny Stary in 1977. Claire Brickson ’14 and Ben Girodias ’15 both moved into seventh place in Pomona-Pitzer history in the 10K for Women’s Track and Men’s Track, respectively, while John Fowler ’16 moved into tenth place in the 5K with a 14:54.93, the eighth fastest time in Division III this season. Greg Hook PI ’14 also broke 50 seconds in the 400, finishing in 49.97, followed closely by Matt Sloane ’15 with a 50.17.
Men’s Tennis had a dramatic win over Wisconsin-Whitewater on Tuesday, which did not finish until 11:30 p.m., almost six hours after it began. The last hour, though, was due to the comeback of Kevin Wei ’15, who was the last player left on the court (at No. 5 singles) with the match tied 4-4. Wei trailed 5-1 in the third set, down two breaks, but came all the way back for a 7-5 win. He fought off a match point at 5-2 with a stunning defensive backhand when his opponent had the entire court open to put away the winning volley, and then used that momentum to rally back for the win. The rest of the week featured a rough schedule against unbeaten Middlebury and top-ranked CMS, and the Sagehens lost both but had some highlights. Chris Wiechert PI ’14 earned a big personal win against Middlebury in singles, and the Sagehens had a strong doubles effort against CMS, including a 9-8 win for Connor Hudson ’15 and Connor Sutton ’15 at No. 2.
Women’s Tennis featured a similarly daunting schedule with No. 3 Williams, No. 9 Middlebury and No. 2 CMS and came out of the week 0-3, but had some bright spots along the way, particularly from its freshman class. Mae Coyiuto ’16 and Marie Fleming PI ’16 picked up big personal wins in singles against CMS, while Coyiuto and Lea Lynn Yen ’16 did the same in the Middlebury match. The Sagehens took two of three doubles lines against Williams, with Kara Wang ’13 and Sammy Chao ’14 winning at No. 1 and Fleming and Jamie Solomon PI ’13 earning a tiebreaker win at No. 2.
Women’s Water Polo got back on track on Saturday with a 9-7 road win at Occidental. After the Tigers fought back from a 7-4 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it, Sallie Walecka ’15 came up with a big steal, and Katy Schafer PI ’16 broke the tie with her fourth goal, before Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 sealed it with an insurance goal with two minutes left. Sarah Tuggy ’13 had 12 saves in goal for the Sagehens, including a strong first half which saw her allow only one goal.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Wednesday, April 3
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Gustavus Adolphus, 4 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Redlands, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 5
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Gustavus Adolphus, 2 p.m.
Softball at Whittier, 2 p.m. (DH)
Baseball at Caltech, 3 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse at Chapman, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6
Men’s Golf at SCIAC #2 (La Purissma), 10 a.m.
Women’s Golf at SCIAC #2 (La Purissma), 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Occidental, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Occidental, 10 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo at CSU San Bernardino, 11 a.m.
Women’s Track & Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Men’s Track & Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Caltech, 11 a.m. (DH)
Softball (H) vs. Chapman, 12 p.m. (DH)
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Caltech, 2 p.m.