Claremont, Calif. - Junior pitcher/DH Jake Bruml threw a complete game with no earned runs in a 6-2 win in the opener, and had six RBI in a 14-4 win in the nightcap, with a three-run walkoff homer in the seventh, as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team swept a doubleheader from Occidental on Saturday at Alumni Field.
Freshman center fielder Tanner Nishioka (pictured) added three hits in both games for Pomona-Pitzer (6-for-9 on the day), which improves to 15-20 overall and 11-13 in the SCIAC after taking all three games from the Tigers this weekend. Occidental falls to 16-19 overall and 12-12 in conference play.
Junior right fielder Mark Okuma had the big hit in the opening game for the Sagehens, a three-run homer in the fourth inning to put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 3-1. Sophomore first baseman Simon Rosenbaum added a solo shot in the fifth, and junior shortstop Sam Fox and Nishioka added RBIs in the seventh and eighth inning to push the lead to 6-1.
Occidental scored an unearned run in the ninth, but Bruml closed the door there, with the help of a 6-4-3 double play, the fourth twin killing of the game for the Sagehens. Bruml allowed just four hits (only one after the second inning) and struck out four over his nine innings of work.
Bruml had a two-run single in the first inning of the nightcap to tie the score 2-2. After the teams exchanged runs in the second, junior second baseman Kenny Rabin had an RBI single up the middle to make the score 4-3 in the third, then added a two-run double in the fourth as part of a five-run inning that gave the Sagehens control of the game. The score was 11-4 in the bottom of the seventh, when Bruml hit a three-run homer to left field to enforce the 10-run rule, ending the game as he crossed home plate.
David Gerics threw 5.2 innings to get the win in the nightcap for the Sagehens. Rabin was 4-for-4 with three RBI in the nightcap, while Fox was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Nishioka was 3-for-4 with four runs scored to give the Sagehens six hits and seven runs from the top two spots in the order. Bruml finished 2-for-3 with six RBI, including a sacrifice fly to go with his two-run single and three-run homer.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday when it starts the final four-game SCIAC round robin with a home game against an opponent to be determined at the conclusion of Saturday's play.