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February 2, 2012

Sagehens Score 11 In Fifth To Roll Past Whitworth

Claremont, Calif. - Senior pitcher Travis Rooke-Ley (Eugene, Ore. - pictured) allowed one hit in five innings while striking out seven, and the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team scored 11 times in the fifth to cruise to a 19-2 win over Whitworth on Thursday.

Junior outfielder/first baseman Nick Gentili (Glendale, Calif.) was 2-for-3 with five runs scored and three RBI at the plate for the Sagehens, who improve to 1-0-1 on the season after tying Westmont 7-7 in their opener last week in a game called due to darkness. Whitworth starts out its season 0-1 with the loss.

Rooke-Ley allowed only one base-runner in the first four innings, a hit-by-pitch in the third to Paul Miller, who he promptly picked off first. He had pitched to the minimum 14 batters through 4.2 innings, before a Justin Liu double with two outs in the fifth put him in a mini-jam, which he escaped with his seventh strikeout, holding a 3-0 lead.

The Sagehens then ended any doubt about the outcome with 11 runs in the bottom half of the fifth (10 of which were scored with two outs). Pomona-Pitzer had jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the second on an error and an RBI single from freshman second baseman E.J. Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) and one in the third when the Pirates tried to turn a double play with one out, but an errant throw allowed Gentili (who had singled) to come around to score.

In the fifth, though, Pomona-Pitzer sent 16 batters to the plate. Freshman shortstop Sam Fox (New York, N.Y.) started the inning with a single, and sophomore left fielder Mike Moyer (Oakland, Calif.) put down a perfect bunt for a single. After Gentili was hit by a pitch, a sacrifice fly to the wall in center field from junior center fielder Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) made the score 4-0.

One out later, freshman first baseman Jake Bruml (San Mateo, Calif.) hit an RBI double off starter Dan Scheibe, and Whitworth went to its bullpen, which resulted in three straight walks, a two-run single from Moyer, and two straight hit batters. A wild pitch sent home another run, and senior third baseman  James Campbell (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) hit a deep double to left to score two more runners. Bruml finally ended the inning when he was robbed of a hit by a diving stop from Miller at second.

Gentili capped off the offensive explosion with a three-run homer to right field in the eighth inning, scoring his fifth run of the game, to make the score 19-2.

Bruml finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI doubles and pitched the ninth inning as well, recording two strikeouts. Campbell was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Moyer was 2-for-6 with two RBI. Nick Motsinger was the only Whitworth player with more than one hit, as he went 2-for-3.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next weekend for its SCIAC-opening series with Whittier, including a road game on Friday, Feb. 10 and a home doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 11.