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Sports Report: Baseball's Simon Rosenbaum '16 Named Div III National Player of the Week

Simon Rosenbaum ’16 was named the Division III National Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Simon Rosenbaum ’16 was named the Division III National Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Titus Van Hook '15 won the 200 meters at a five-team SCIAC dual at Strehle Track on Saturday, running a 21.98, the first runner to break 22 seconds for Pomona-Pitzer since 1999.

Titus Van Hook '15 won the 200 meters at a five-team SCIAC dual at Strehle Track on Saturday, running a 21.98, the first runner to break 22 seconds for Pomona-Pitzer since 1999.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer athletics saw the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams sweep top-25 battles with Mary Washington, while Simon Rosenbaum of the Baseball team received national recognition for his performance against Redlands on March 2. 

Baseball received an impressive national honor as Simon Rosenbaum ’16 was named the Division III National Player of the Week on Thursday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Rosenbaum earned the honor of batting 11-for-12 with two homers, four doubles and 12 RBI in a three-game series with Redlands, including 3-for-3 with eight RBI in the first game. The Sagehens, who dropped a three-game series to Whittier this weekend, host Ithaca on Monday in a non-league game before facing Chapman at home on Friday at 3 p.m.

Men’s Tennis (ranked No. 16 nationally) had the dramatic match of the week, defeating No. 17 Mary Washington 5-4 on Thursday at Pauley Tennis Complex. The match was decided at No. 3 singles, where Graham Maassen PI ’17 won 8-6 in a third-set tiebreaker after fighting off two match points on his opponent’s serve. Connor Hudson ’15 also won a three-setter at No. 2 singles, dropping the second set but bouncing back to win the third set 6-3, while Chris Wiechert PI ’14 won at both singles and doubles (with Anthony Bello ’17). The Sagehens have a busy week ahead, hosting No. 6 Trinity (Texas) on Monday, No. 26 Skidmore on Tuesday and No. 11 Bowdoin on Friday in the first of three matches at the annual Stag-Hen Invitational. Pomona-Pitzer will face either No. 3 CMS or Swarthmore in its second match of the day on Friday and then close out the tournament on Saturday. 

Women’s Tennis (ranked No. 10 nationally) completed the Mary Washington sweep on Friday by defeating the No. 21 Eagles 8-1. The freshman combo of Rosemary Pelch ’17 and Maddie Gordon ’17 won at No. 2 doubles and picked up singles wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 and Mae Coyiuto ’16 also won in doubles (No. 3), and then won their singles matches at No. 4 and No. 2, respectively.  The Sagehens host No. 27 Vassar (Wednesday) and No. 8 Carnegie Mellon (Thursday) this week. 

Men’s Track and Field and Women’s Track and Field hosted a SCIAC Multi-Dual meet with five schools at Strehle Track on Saturday and the Sagehens produced several individual winners. Titus Van Hook ’15 finished in first in the 200 meters with a time of 21.98, tying him for seventh in program history and making him the first Sagehen to break 22 seconds since 1999.  Paul Messana PI ’17 won the 800 meters, Ben Girodias ’15 took first in the 5000, Corey Purcella ’16 took first in the steeplechase and Bennett Kopperud PI ’16 won the 400-meter hurdles.

On the women’s side, Ailene Nguyen ‘16 won both the long jump and the 200 meters, while taking second in the triple jump and third in the 100 meters. Stassja Sichko ‘16 was the winner in the 800 meters, Maya Weigel ’17 and Claire Brickson ’14 were 1-2 in the 1500, while Brickson added a win in the 5000. Rhea Jayachandran PI ’16 won the  400-meter hurdles, Cassandra Owen ’14 was first in the steeplechase, and Alex Oxborough-Yankus PI ’14 won the javelin. 

Women’s Water Polo also hosted its biggest event of the year, with 21 teams visiting Pomona-Pitzer, CMS and La Verne for the annual Convergence Tournament. The Sagehens gave themselves a difficult schedule with three top 12 teams, falling to No. 6 UC Irvine, No. 11 UC San Diego and No. 12 Long Beach State, but took an 11-8 win over Cal State Monterey Bay to go 1-3 on the weekend. Vicky Gyorffy ’15 helped spearhead a 6-0 fourth-quarter run for the Sagehens with two goals, two assists and two steals, while Sarah Westcott ’15 started the rally with back-to-back fourth quarter goals to tie the score 7-7. The Sagehens host Bucknell this week for a 7 p.m. match. 

Women’s Golf finished 11th at the Las Vegas Desert Classic on Sunday and Monday. Jennifer Kim ’17 shot a 75 on the second day, the second-lowest score in the field, to finish fourth overall out of 75 competitors with a two-day 155.  Men’s Golf was led by Brian Fong PI ’17 with a two-day 158, one stroke ahead of Chandler Jennings ’14 and Kevin Knox ’16.

Softball broke into the win column, as Bianca Cockrell ’17 threw her first collegiate shutout with a four-hitter in a 7-0 win over Occidental on Friday. The teams ended up splitting the doubleheader as Occidental rallied in the second game for a 7-6 win. Ashley Morello PI ’15 batted 5-for-7 in the doubleheader to lead the offense, giving Cockrell all the support she would need when she tripled and came home on a wild pitch. The Sagehens travel to Chapman on Friday and then host CMS on Saturday at 12 noon. 

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Monday, March 10
Baseball (H) vs. Ithaca, 3 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Trinity (Texas), 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Skidmore, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Vassar, 4 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Bucknell, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 13
Women’s Golf at Augustana Spring Fling, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Carnegie Mellon, 4 p.m.

Friday, March 14
Women’s Golf at Augustana Spring Fling, 9 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Bowdoin, 10 a.m.
Men’s Golf at Chapman, 12 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. VMI, 12 p.m. (at Redlands)
Softball at Chapman, 2 p.m. (DH)
Baseball (H) vs. Chapman, 3 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. CMS or Swarthmore, 3 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), 4:30 p.m. (at Redlands)
Men’s Track and Field at Occidental Distance Carnival, 5 p.m.
Women’s Track and Field at Occidental Distance Carnival, 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 15
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. TBA, 10 a.m. (Stag-Hen Invitational)
Baseball at Chapman, 11 a.m. (DH)
Softball (H) vs. CMS, 12 p.m. (DH)

Sunday, March 16
Women’s Golf at Cal Lutheran Invitational, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Bowdoin, 11 a.m.

Monday, March 17
Women’s Golf at Cal Lutheran Invitational, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Amherst, 9:30 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Wesleyan, 11 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Whitman, 1 p.m.