Kingsmen, Sagehens Advance to Tournament Championship Game
Tigers, Bulldogs exit tournament
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – As the top two seeds, Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer have advanced to the championship game of the Inaugural Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Baseball Post Season Tournament being hosted at George “Sparky” Anderson Field in Ullman Stadium after winning on Saturday. America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) No. 8 CLU defeated Redlands at noon while PP needed two wins to live to play another day and did so by defeating both Occidental and UR.
Both the first and second games of the day ended with scores of 5-2 with Pomona-Pitzer (29-17) downing Occidental (26-15) and Cal Lutheran (33-7-1) defeating Redlands (22-18). The Saturday finale went to the Sagehens who scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning to take control of the contest en route to a 14-2 victory.
A three-hour and 11 minute first game allowed Pomona-Pitzer to advance while ending the Occidental season. PP was led by Erik Munzer and Jackson Badger who had two hits apiece for the Sagehens. Jake Bruml had a hit, two walks and scored a run. Starting pitcher Collin Majev went 7.2 innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits and struck out seven. Guy Stevens (1-0) earned the win with a no-hit, no-run 1.1 inning performance.
Occidental was paced by Logan Allen who had two hits, stole two bags and scored both Oxy runs while contributing two putouts and five assists in the field during the final game of his career. Jonathan Brooks had one hit and walked three times. The Tigers used six pitchers with Scott Hong taking the ball to start. He lasted 5.2 innings after allowing two runs on six hits with three strike outs before moving to the outfield. David Feasler (3-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs, both earned, in 2/3 of an inning.
Game two featured host CLU against Redlands. The teams combined for 19 hits, three errors and seven runs. Cal Lutheran got three hits apiece from Spencer DuBois and Ramsey Abushahla while Tyler Hebda (8-3) earned the victory and Aaron Roth recorded his ninth save of the season. The Redlands 2-5 batters in the lineup each had two hits apiece with Jason Henning recording two RBIs driving in Jordan Dresner twice.
In just the third SCIAC start of his career, freshman Abushahlasparked the Cal Lutheran offense with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, driving in three and scoring once. He tripled in the top of the second and scored the first run of the game. In the third inning, he connected for a two-run single, scoring Nicho DellaValle and Trevor Koons who singled and walked, respectively. He knocked his third hit of the game with two outs in the fifth, for his third RBI of the day when Nick Boggan crossed the plate after reaching on a passed ball following a strike out to give CLU a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth with runners at second and third and one down Jake Petersen made a phenomenal diving grab in left field to keep the Bulldogs at bay and the CLU scoreless game intact for the time being.
Trailing by four in the bottom of the fifth, Redlands had an opportunity to take advantage of a CLU throwing error that allowed Joe Bell to reach, but DuBoiscame out from behind the plate to back up the play and quickly got the ball back to Boggan at first for the tag on Bell who took a turn after the ball skidded past the base. Hebda made quick work of the next two batters with fly ball and a ground ball to escape unscathed.
Redlands would break through and get on the board in the sixth. Dresner singled to lead off the frame and Henning promptly smacked an RBI-double to the left centerfield fence to cut into the CLU lead to a trio at 4-1.
Cal Lutheran reclaimed the run they surrendered in the top of the eighth. DuBois was hit by a pitch and stole second before a Redlands error allowed the CLU catcher to come around and score, pushing the lead to 5-1 with nine outs to play.
As quickly as CLU scored, the Bulldogs returned the favor. Dresner connected for his second hit of the game and moved from second to third on an error in the outfield. Henning again drove in Dresner with an RBI hit to center. A bunt single put runners at first and second with one out, forcing Hebda from the hill after 7.1 innings.
Roth came in to strike out the first four of the five batters he faced, forcing a weak ground ball to Garrett Smith at second for the final out of the game.
Being tagged with the loss was Eliot Smith (7-3) who allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits while striking out five Kingsmen. He went 7.0 before handing the ball to Ross Orman.
Defensively, Boggan had 12 putouts and DuBois had six with an assist for Cal Lutheran. Koons tallied five assists at shortstop today.
In game three on Saturday, Pomona-Pitzer totaled 17 hits and Redlands made two errors as the Sagehens scored 14 runs while UR collected seven hits with one PP error for two Bulldogs runs. Pomona-Pitzer retaliated against Redlands who posted a 10-run eighth inning on Friday to steal a victory with a big inning of their own today. The Sagehens scored three unearned runs in the third inning and added seven more in the fourth and one in the fifth for an 11-0 advantage before the Bulldogs broke through in the bottom of the fifth on a solo homerun over the right centerfield fence from Max Hardman. UR pushed on more across in the sixth and PP tacked on another trio in the top of the ninth.
Mike Moyer was 4-for-5 with four runs and an RBI and Nick Gentili had a three-hit game with two RBIs and two runs for the Hens. Four other players had two hits apiece with EJ Lopez driving in three. Stuart Gano (5-2) threw a complete game, scattering seven hits and striking out three.
The Bulldogs looked to Hardman for a pair of hits, an RBI and a run. Henning had a hit, a walk and scored the other UR run of the game. On the hill, John Keane (4-5) suffered the loss after allowing three runs, all unearned, on five hits in 3.0 innings though he struck out a pair.
Cal Lutheran will host Pomona-Pitzer in the championship game of the Inaugural SCIAC Baseball Post Season Tournament tomorrow, May 5. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Should a second game be necessary the teams will play again at 2:30 p.m.
Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and tickets will be priced at $5 for adults. All SCIAC students, staff and faculty with a current ID will be admitted for free. Children 12 and under are also free.