Sagehens’ baseball season comes to a close

The Pomona-Pitzer baseball team has fallen one game short of playing for the NCAA Division III West Region championship for a second straight year. The Sagehens were sent home from the 2010 event by a 6-5 loss to Mississippi College Saturday afternoon at Linfield University in McMinnville, Ore.

The disappointing thing is that the decisive run was the result of a Sagehens error in the ninth inning. Coach Frank Pericolosi says defense was an issue the entire tournament. Official scoring was generous, with many hits called as such that should have been ruled errors.

The tournament got off to such a promising start with the Sagehens winning their first two games and being the last team handed a loss in the double-elimination tournament. The wheels started coming off on Friday in a 10-0 loss to host Linfield. Two errors in the first inning led to four unearned runs and the Sagehens were never in the game. 

The Sagehens (31-11) do have a lot to be proud of this season. Last year they were No. 1 in the country heading into the tournament so not winning then was more disappointing than it has to be this season.

Pericolosi started as many as four freshmen and three sophomores this season.So this team will be back. The key losses will be catcher James Brunswick, one of the team’s more underrated players, and shortstop James Kang, who seemed to come up with every clutch hit.

Some players also emerged that few might have expected. Guy Stevens got throw into the fire Friday night after sophomore starter Leo Rosetti struggled. Stevens is just a freshman and had seen little mound time this season, That was a pretty pressure-packed situation. But he threw five scoreless innings before running out of gas and giving up a couple in his sixth inning of work.

The same can be said for senior Lucas Fogarty, the tough-luck loser today.He too had not been called on much but was solid in hs outing.

With three SCIAC titles and regional appearances in the last four years, it is clear that Pomona-Pitzer is the standard by which others in the conference will be measured in coming years.

 

 

 

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All-SCIAC selections announced in baseball

The All-SCIAC honors have been doled out in baseball. Not surprsingly, Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands dominate the selections as the teams finished first and second in the conference.

The Sagehens are the lone team left playing.

FIRST TEAM
Pitchers
David Colvin, Jr., Pomona-Pitzer
Derek Johnson, Jr., University of Redlands
Alex Sunderland, Jr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Catcher
Mike Surina, Sr., University of La Verne

Infielders
Nick Frederick, Jr., Pomona-Pitzer
John Hattabaugh, Sr., University of La Verne
Chase Tucker, So., University of Redlands
Steve Dannaway, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Zach Braband, Sr., University of Redlands

Outfielders
Nate Carlson, Jr., University of Redlands
Erik Munzer, Fr., Pomona-Pitzer
Max Rose, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Designated hitter
K.C. Judge, Jr., California Lutheran

SECOND TEAM
Pitchers
Matt Baudino, Jr., University of La Verne
Robbie Selden, Sr., California Lutheran
James Brunswick, Sr., Pomona-Pitzer
Ian Durhan, Jr., California Lutheran

Catcher
Jefre Johnson, Sr., University of Redlands

Infielders
Victor Peinado, Sr., University of La Verne
Eric Schropp, So., Caltech

Outfielders
Matt Martin, Sr., California Lutheran
David Spiller, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Jacob Storrer, Fr., Whittier

Designated hitters
Nick Gentili, Fr., Pomona-Pitzer
Brett Sandford, Sr., University of Redlands

Utility
Michael Lessig, Sr., University of Redlands

 

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Pomona-Pitzer to open against Texas-Tyler

The SCIAC champion Pomona-Pitzer baseball team is the lone college team left standing. The Sagehens will leave Tuesday morning for the NCAA Division III West Regional to be hosted by Linfield (Ore.) starting on Wednesday.

The Sagehens (29-9) are seeded third in the six-team field and will open up against fourth-seeded University of Texas-Tyler at 7 p.m.

The field looks extremely tough with all six teams ranked nationally.Chapman is the top seed and is ranked the highest at No. 6. Then it’s Trinity (Tex.) at No. 9, Pomona-Pitzer at No. 11, Mississippi College at No. 15 and Texas-Tyler at No. 18.

Tyler is the top team out of the tough American Southwest Conference. Both Tyler and Pitzer were regional qualifiers last year, although they didn’t play each other.

The biggest challenge for the Sagehens will be rust. They haven’t played in three weeks. No matter how much you practice or how many intrasquad games you play, it isn’t the same as seeing live pitching and being in game situations.

Junior David Colvin gets the start. With him on the mound the Sagehens typically don’t need a lot of runs.

The Sagehens have five seniors, two of whom are starters. They have been to the regional three times in the last four years.

 

 

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