The Sagehen Report for May 28: Women's Tennis and Baseball NCAA Updates
Kara Wang '13 earned All-America honors for the fourth time in her career (three times in doubles, once in singles).
The end of the 2012-13 Pomona-Pitzer athletic year saw a pair of Women’s Tennis players earn All-America honors by reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships, while Baseball went 11 innings in its opening round NCAA Tournament game against nationally-ranked Texas-Tyler before falling in a heartbreaker.
Kara Wang ’13 and Sammy Chao ’14 picked up a three-set win over a team from Coe in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Division III Championships, winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinal round. By moving to the quarterfinals, the duo earned All-America honors, marking the fourth time in Wang’s career that she has earned All-America distinction (three times in doubles, once in singles). The pair advanced to face the second seed in the tournament from Emory and battled through two close sets before falling 6-3, 6-3. Frankie Allinson ’13 and Max Sabel PI ’13 also competed at the NCAA Championships but fell in the opening round to a team from Bates, ending their careers after a strong senior season which saw them pick up 20 doubles wins playing in the No. 1 position.
Ailene Nguyen ’16 qualified for her first NCAA Track and Field competition as a freshman in the long jump, and traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin despite suffering from an illness. She jumped 16-10.5 in the prelims, but it was not enough to qualify for the finals. Nguyen broke school records in both the long jump and the triple jump this year, which had stood since the 1970s.
Baseball traveled to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time since 2010, and came up on the short end of a heartbreaking loss, falling 4-3 in 11 innings to Texas-Tyler on May 16. Jake Bruml ’15 staked the Sagehens to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first inning in his first career NCAA at-bat. Bruml also threw 6.1 innings on the mound, giving Pomona-Pitzer a quality start before being pulled with a 3-1 lead. Mike Moyer ’13 added an RBI single for the Sagehens, but Texas-Tyler was able to tie the game with a two-run seventh after a balk call negated the third out, and then won the game in the 11th on a passed ball with the bases loaded.
Pomona-Pitzer had one more chance in the double-elimination tournament, but had to face Linfield, the top-ranked team in the nation, needing a win to stay alive. Linfield scored four runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead, after E.J. Lopez PI ’15 had hit a solo homer in the second, his first career home run. Nick Gentili ’13 added an RBI double and Erik Munzer PI ’13 had an RBI single in their final collegiate games, and Drew Helgren ’14 and Robert Weller ’14 threw a combined five innings of two-hit relief, but Linfield was able to hold on for an 8-3 win.
Some postseason awards also came in for baseball, with Simon Rosenbaum ’16 earning the D3baseball.com West Region Rookie of the Year, despite only playing half the season due to injury. Gentili and Bruml were named to the All-West Region first team. SCIAC Tennis awards were also announced, with Jamie Solomon PI ’13 and Mae Coyiuto ’16 earning first-team All-SCIAC honors on the women’s side, and Wang and Chao taking second-team honors, while Sabel and Chris Wiechert PI ’14 were first-teamers for the Men’s Tennis squad and Connor Hudson ’15 was named to the second team.