Sagehen Round Up for the Week of March 31, 2014

Claremont, Calif. (April 7, 2014) — This week in Sagehens Athletics saw Women’s Lacrosse begin the second half of SCIAC play with a statement win, and the Baseball team earn a milestone win for its head coach.

Eden Griffen ’17
Sagehen Softball pitcher Eden Griffen ’17 threw a complete game in a win over Chapman.

Women’s Lacrosse traveled across the street to face CMS to start the second half of SCIAC play and dominated the game with an 11-5 win. Sarah Markowitz ’16 had five goals to lead the way for the offense, while Aubrey Douglass ’16 added three assists. The Sagehens led 7-3 at the half, and built its lead up to 11-4 midway through the second stanza and spent the final 15 minutes killing clock before CMS scored a harmless goal in the final minute. Women’s Lacrosse travels to Whittier on Wednesday, and then returns home to face Chapman at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Men’s Track and Field traveled to UC San Diego for the California/Nevada Championships, featuring teams from every division. Paul Messana ’17 finished first in his heat to qualify for the finals, before ending up with an eighth-place finish overall, behind only five Division I runners, one from Division II UC San Diego and one from Azusa Pacific of the NAIA. The track and field teams will host their annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday at 10 a.m., with events running through the evening.

Baseball swept three games from Caltech over the weekend, with Head Coach Frank Pericolosi earning his 300th career win in the series opener at Alumni Field, reaching the milestone in only 11 seasons. Samuel Fox ’15 returned to the lineup after missing several weeks with an injury and batted 2-for-3 in the opening game, as did Mark Okuma ’15, who added a pitching win in the third game of the weekend. E.J. Lopez ’15 had five RBI in the series, while Kevin Jordan ’17 got the start at catcher in the final game and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Softball played two of the top SCIAC teams, splitting with Chapman and losing two close ones to league-leading Redlands (1-0, 4-1). Eden Griffen ’17 earned a complete game pitching victory in the 6-4 win over Chapman, and then threw a gem in a losing effort in a 1-0 defeat to Redlands, allowing only an unearned run in the first inning.  Ashley Morello ’15 had four hits over the weekend and is now hitting .440 on the season, while Lindsay McCord ’16 had the only RBI of the Redlands doubleheader.

Men’s Tennis picked up a key SCIAC win by knocking off No. 15 Redlands on Friday 6-3. Jonathan Kim ’16 earned a pivotal singles win, while Christopher Wiechert ’14 and Graham Maassen ’17 contributed to doubles wins. The Sagehens fell to No. 1 CMS on Saturday but not before giving the Stags a strong battle in doubles, with Wiechert and Anthony Bello PO ’17 winning 8-6 at No. 1, and Kim and Sam Crawford PO ’16 going to a tiebreaker at No. 2. Jacob Yasgoor ’17 had a strong showing in singles, but fell in a first set tiebreaker to Vanderbilt transfer Joe Dorn. Men’s Tennis will host two SCIAC matches on Saturday, taking on No. 20 Cal Lutheran at 10 a.m. and Occidental at 3 p.m.  

Women’s Water Polo traveled to Redlands on Wednesday and picked up a 7-6 win, holding on after building a 7-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was the third time the Sagehens have won a one-goal match against Redlands this season (the first two were non-league matches at neutral site tournaments). Alyssa Woodward ’15 had two goals to lead the offense. Women’s Water Polo has a big road match at Whittier on Wednesday, and then host Caltech on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold

Wednesday, April 9
Women’s Water Polo at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse at Whittier, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 11
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. La Verne, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 12
Men’s Track and Field (H) Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, 10 a.m.
Women’s Track and Field (H) Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 10 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Caltech, 11 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Chapman, 11 a.m.
Softball at Whittier, 12 p.m. (DH)
Baseball at Linfield, 12 p.m. (DH)
Women’s Tennis at Cal Lutheran, 12 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Occidental, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 13
Baseball at Linfield, 12 p.m.

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