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The Sagehen Report for April 22

Sarah Tuggy '13 celebrated her Senior Day with 10 saves in a 12-7 win over CMS, helping to keep Pomona-Pitzer's NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

Sarah Tuggy '13 celebrated her Senior Day with 10 saves in a 12-7 win over CMS, helping to keep Pomona-Pitzer's NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw several teams pick up huge wins, as Women’s Tennis knocked off No. 9 Redlands, Women’s Water Polo kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a 12-7 win over No. 1 CMS, and Baseball took two of three from Occidental to clinch a SCIAC Tournament bid.

Women’s Water Polo hosted its final home match against CMS realistically needing a win to give itself a chance at defending its SCIAC Championship and returning to the NCAA Tournament. The Athenas came in undefeated in the SCIAC, and a loss would have put the Sagehens three games behind going into the SCIAC Tournament (the conference champion is determined by a combination of regular season results and tournament finish).

However, Pomona-Pitzer used a 6-0 run in the second half to break open a close game and take a pivotal 12-7 win, meaning that winning the SCIAC Tournament this weekend at Caltech would give the Sagehens the automatic bid. Sarah Tuggy ’13 celebrated her Senior Day with 10 saves, including several pivotal ones in the second half to help her team pull away. Chrissie Alving-Trinh ’15 put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 7-6, Katy Schafer PI ’16 had back-to-back goals to make the score 9-6, and Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 had three straight goals in the fourth quarter to put it away. The second-seeded Sagehens will open the SCIAC Tournament on Friday against seventh-seeded Chapman, and then will face either third-seeded Whittier or sixth-seeded Occidental in the second round. The final day is Sunday, with the championship match scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Tennis also had a battle for the second seed in the upcoming SCIAC Tournament when it hosted Redlands on Friday. The two teams entered the day tied in the SCIAC at 6-1, with Redlands ranked ninth in the nation and the Sagehens ranked 14th. Pomona-Pitzer, though, seized control of the match early, as it took a 2-1 lead after doubles and then won the first four singles matches that were completed to clinch the win (which ended up 6-3). Lea Lynn Yen ’16 and Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 continued to roll, as they took an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles to give the Sagehens a 2-1 win, while Yen won 6-0, 6-0 in singles to make the score 3-1, and Padmanabhan produced the clinching singles win 6-2, 6-4. Pomona-Pitzer will travel to the Ojai Tournament this weekend before the SCIAC Championships on May 3-4 at La Verne.

Jake Bruml ’15 carried Baseball to a pair of 2-1 wins over Occidental to help the Sagehens clinch a spot in the SCIAC Tournament. He threw a complete game with no earned runs on Friday in a 2-1 win, and then hit a two-run homer on Saturday to provide all the offense in another 2-1 win. Stuart Gano PI ’13 threw five innings to get the win in the Saturday game, and Collin Majev ’13 had a four-inning save, leaving the bases loaded in the ninth on a groundout. The Friday win also featured a dramatic finish as Mike Moyer ’13 tracked down a double down the line and the Sagehens threw the potential tying run out at the plate. Pomona-Pitzer has four regular season games left, but can finish no lower than fourth (the top four teams qualify for the SCIAC Tournament May 3-5).

Women’s Lacrosse capped off its regular season with a 9-7 win at Whittier, setting up an opening round SCIAC Tournament game on Wednesday against CMS. Both regular season meetings with the Athenas saw dramatic endings, as the Sagehens won 11-9 in overtime back in February, and CMS came back for a 7-6 win on Wednesday, scoring the winning goal in the final minute. Sarah Markowitz PI ’16 led the way against Whittier with four goals.

The postseason gets rolling full steam this weekend, as in addition to Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Water Polo, the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams will be in the SCIAC Championships at Occidental on Friday and Saturday, and the Men’s and Women’s Golf teams will be in the SCIAC Championships at Oak Valley Country Club from Saturday-Monday in a three-day, 54-hole event.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Wednesday, April 24
Baseball at Caltech, 3 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse vs. CMS (H), 7 p.m. (SCIAC Opening Round)

Thursday, April 25
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.

Friday, April 26
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.
M&W Track and Field at SCIAC Championships, 2 p.m. (at Occidental)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Chapman, 5:30 p.m. (SCIAC Quarterfinals at Caltech)

Saturday, April 27
Women’s Lacrosse at Redlands/Occidental (SCIAC Semifinals), TBA – if Sagehens advance
Women’s Water Polo vs. Whittier/Occidental (SCIAC Second Round at Caltech), TBA
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.
M&W Golf at SCIAC Championships, 10 a.m. (at Oak Valley C.C.)
M&W Track and Field at SCIAC Championships, 2 p.m. (at Occidental)
Baseball at Occidental, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 27
Women’s Water Polo vs. TBA at SCIAC Championships (at Caltech), TBA
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.
M&W Golf at SCIAC Championships, 10 a.m. (at Oak Valley C.C.)
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Championships, 10 a.m.
Baseball vs. La Verne (H), 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Whittier (H), 3 p.m.

Monday, April 28
M&W Golf at SCIAC Championships, 10 a.m. (at Oak Valley C.C.)

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