Tigers Lose in 10 at Pomona

Tigers Lose in 10 at Pomona

CLAREMONT — The Occidental baseball team's bid for a SCIAC championship will have to wait one more day.

The Tigers lost to Pomona-Pitzer 8-7 in 10 innings on Saturday. Their magic number with Cal Lutheran remains at two with three games to play. Any combination of Oxy wins and/or Cal Lu losses that adds to two clinches at least a share of the title for the Tigers.

Oxy is pursuing its first conference championship since 1982.

Season Impact: Oxy falls to 28-8 overall and 20-6 in SCIAC play.

Pomona-Pitzer improves to 19-18 and 12-14.

The Tigers were a double play away from extending the game another inning. But Cade Hule's grounder to second wasn't hit hard enough, and he was able to beat the throw to first and the Sagehens scored the winning run.

The Tigers headed into the bottom of the 10th with a two-run lead. After the Sagehens started off the inning with back-to-back singles, Kevin Brice hit an RBI double to put Pomona within one.

Oxy pitcher Riley James intentionally walked the next batter, loading the bases to put the Tigers in a double play situation. But Bryce Rogan got a walk for Pomona, allowing the tying run to score.

James took the loss for the Tigers, Tavish Towner got the win for Poman-Pitzer.

Brady Fuller hit a sacrifice fly that scored Reid Gibbs to give Oxy the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth. Derek Sun then scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead.

Devon DeRaad hit his SCIAC-leading eleventh home run of the year. He finished the day 3-6 with two RBIs and a run scored. Charlie Caccamo went 3-5 with two runs. 

Jack Brancheau, Graham Pimm, and Eamon McNeil each finished with two hits.

Scott Ericksen did well in his start, striking out six in seven innings.

Oxy has already secured a spot in the four-team SCIAC Postseason Tournament that determines the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, but not the conference champion.

If Oxy wins the SCIAC Championship, it will host the four-team double elimination SCIAC Tournament at Anderson Field on May 6-8.

Next Game: The Tigers play their final two games of the regular season tomorrow at Anderson Field beginning with an 11 a.m. match-up with Whittier, followed by a 3 p.m. game against Caltech.

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