Baseball Dominates at Home, Lose Two Close Games Against 'Hens
CLAREMONT, CA -- The Stags (9-9, 6-6 SCIAC) were able to dominate and earn a 5-0 win in their first game of a three-game series against Pomona-Pitzer (13-5, 11-1 SCIAC) on Friday, but were not able to steal a game across the street on Saturday where they lost both games (10-5, 9-8).
Both teams’ pitchers kept their opponents scoreless for the first five innings of Friday’s matchup. In the bottom of the sixth, a double by Jason Rehhaut (SO, Stevenson Ranch) scored the Stag’s first. A two-run triple in the seventh inning by leadoff hitter David Spiller (SR, Sacramento [pictured]) extended their lead to three. The Pomona-Pitzer bats were dormant in the last few innings as they could not produce an offensive response. Alex Sunderland (JR, Littleton, CO) was the winning pitcher in the shutout and pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and allowed only five hits. Max Rose (SR, Shell Beach) was 2-4 with two runs scored, Spiller was 2-5 with a run and a RBI and Rehhaut was 3-4 with an RBI.
In the first game of the double-header at Pomona-Pitzer, the Stags were leading 5-3 in the top of the 8th. But the Sagehens scored seven runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and produced a lead that would be too much to overcome for the Stags.
The second game had a similar outcome as the Stags scored eight runs in the 3rd inning and jumped to an early 8-1 lead. But the Sagehens had a huge inning of their own in the 5th inning where the scored six runs to even the score at 8-8. Another Sagehen run in the seventh inning broke the tie and eventually won the game for Pomona-Pitzer. The Stags had six more hits then Pomona-Pitzer, but allowed two unearned runs and had four errors in the game.
The Stags will be participating in the California Invitational during spring break. CMS will face Wesleyan (CT) at 10:00 AM and Ithaca at 2:30 PM on March 19.