Pomona-Pitzer (33-5, 17-1) locked up the SCIAC baseball title with its 8-5 win over Cal Lutheran in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Thousand Oaks. The Sagehens are three games up on Cal Lu with three games to go and own the tiebreaker by beating them in two of out of three in the recently concluded series.
That is reason for celebration but the Sagehens have loftier goals. In 2007 they won a SCIAC title and earned the right to play in the West Region tournament where they went 1-2.
This season the team is ranked No. 1 in Division III with a load of players who were on that team. Just getting to the regional won’t be good enough. This is a team with national championship aspirations.
As to the rest of the teams in the SCIAC, the conference has a possibility of getting another team in the regional as an at-large qualifier. Redlands, La Verne and Cal Lutheran are in the hunt so the last weekend of games will still mean something.
La Verne has the unenviable task of finishing with Pitzer. Cal Lutheran has Whittier and Redlands has Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.