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March 18, 2012

Sagehens Come Back To Salvage Split With Puget Sound

Claremont, Calif. - Senior first baseman James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) was 4-for-4 with four RBI as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team rallied from an 8-3 deficit to earn a 9-8 win over Puget Sound in the second of two on Sunday to salvage a split of the doubleheader at Alumni Field.

Puget Sound had the comeback in the first game as freshman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif. - pictured) was two outs from his first collegiate shutout before the Loggers tied it with a solo homer in the seventh from Matt Cox (both games were scheduled for seven innings) and then won it 2-1 in the eighth on an RBI single from Casey Coberly.

With the split, the Sagehens move to 11-9-1 on the year, while Puget Sound sees its record move to 4-15-1.

Campbell helped generate the comeback with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 8-6, after Puget Sound had taken an 8-3 lead with a four-run top half of the frame.

Campbell came to bat again in the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third and the score still 8-6 after a double from senior designated hitter Ben Cohen (Camarillo, Calif.). Campbell found the hole through the right side for an RBI single to drive in a run, and when right fielder Travis Stone bobbled the ball momentarily, pinch runner Travis Rooke-Ley (Eugene, Ore.) was able to come home from second with the tying run.

Junior pitcher Peter Klingman (Eugene, Ore.) retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, his third straight 1-2-3 inning after coming on in relief, and the Sagehens were able to generate the winning run in the bottom half. Freshman third baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) beat out a slow roller to shortstop to start the inning, and sophomore catcher Travis Bowers (Palo Alto, Calif.) sacrificed him to second.

Pinch hitter Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) was intentionally walked after getting ahead in the count 3-0, and freshman shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.) followed with a walk to load the bases. Junior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) twice had bids for the winning hit down the left field line go just foul, and he finally drove a ball to deep left that was caught for an easy sacrifice fly to bring home the winning run.

Campbell had three runs scored and four RBI to go with his 4-for-4 performance at the plate. Lopes was 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Sagehens, while Munzer was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and the game-winning RBI. Klingman struck out two in his three perfect innings of relief to get the win. Will Mentor was 2-for-4 with three RBI for Puget Sound.

In the first game, Bruml was close to a seven-inning shutout, as he allowed only three hits through the first 6.1 innings while striking out five. However, Cox was able to take a pitch over the center field wall to knot the score 1-1 and force extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, Moyer made a diving catch in foul territory in left field for the first out, but Bobby Hosmer followed with a single to left. After a hit-by-pitch put two on, Coberly lined a single to left field. Moyer tried to cut it off while moving his right to get a throw home, but the ball got under his glove as Hosmer, who was being waved home on the play, came around with the winning run, giving Coberly the game-winning RBI single.

Junior Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Sagehens, while Bruml had the only RBI, which almost stood up as the only run to support his own shutout. Fox was 2-for-3 as well for the Sagehens off of Puget Sound starter Matt Robinson, who threw all eight innings for the Loggers, scattering eight hits, to get the win.

Pomona-Pitzer will back in action on Monday to take on Kean at 3 p.m. in a