PASADENA, CA – Early inning scoring proved to be a big difference maker in Pomona-Pitzer's 13-8 win over Caltech in a SCIAC baseball match-up.
The Sagehens, who came into the game ranked 16th in the nation, scored nine runs in their first four innings in building a 9-0 lead. Caltech put their first runs on the board with a three-run fourth inning. Mason Freedman hit a two-run triple then later scored on a Sagehen error to make the score 9-3.
Pomona-Pitzer countered with a run in the fifth inning. The visitors continued to hold that 10-3 lead until the Beavers plated two runs in the seventh inning. Freedman and Thomas Kwok scored on the same play when Sagehen shortstop Sam Fox committed an error.
Holding a 10-5 lead entering the eighth inning, the Sagehens put a run on the scoreboard when Kevin Brice tripled home Lukas Coleman. Caltech got a solo run on the board in their half of the eighth inning on a Kwok single that scored Jerome Skelly.
Each team scored a pair of runs in the final inning. Pomona-Pitzer got their two runs on a Levy-Rubinett RBI single and an Eric Munzer sacrifice fly. With the scoreboard reading 13-6 Sagehens, Brian Penserini crushed a Robert Weller offering over the leftfield fence for his second home run of the season to round out the scoring.
Skelly went 3-for-5 with three runs scored to help pace the Beavers offense. Freedman had a 2-for-3 day with two RBI's in addition to his two runs scored.
Five different players had two hits for the Sagehens. Kevin Brice by 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI's among the visiting players with multi-hit games.
The two teams get together for a doubleheader on Saturday in Claremont, CA beginning at 11 a.m.