Sagehen Roundup for the Week of April 13, 2015

Cameron Yen ’16 throws the final pitch of his no-hitter against Caltech, helping the Baseball team move into a tie for first place in the SCIAC with one week left in the regular season.
Cameron Yen ’16 throws the final pitch of his no-hitter against Caltech, helping the Baseball team move into a tie for first place in the SCIAC with one week left in the regular season.

Claremont, Calif. (April 20, 2015) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw an historic performance from Cameron Yen ’16 of the Baseball team on Saturday, helping the Sagehens move into a tie for first in the SCIAC, while Women’s Water Polo and Women’s Lacrosse both clinched first place and earned the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament with road wins over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday.

Yen was one pitch from throwing a perfect game, but settled for a no-hitter with one walk and 10 strikeouts as the Baseball team defeated Caltech 13-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Yen retired the first 20 batters in order, and started off with three straight balls to the potential final batter of the game before getting back even at 3-2. His 3-2 pitch missed just off the outside corner, resulting in the first baserunner of the day for Caltech, but Yen bounced back to get his tenth strikeout to finish off the no-hitter and earn the win to improve to 5-1 on the season. It was the first no-hitter for a Sagehen pitcher in Head Coach Frank Pericolosi’s 13-year tenure.

Over the three games, the Sagehens outscored Caltech 58-4. Samuel Fox ’15 extended his hitting streak to 25 games but was in danger of losing it while Yen was dominating the Caltech offense. He was 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch, before E.J. Lopez ’15 and Kevin Jordan ’17 kept the bottom of the sixth inning alive with two-out hits, giving Fox one last chance and he responded with a line drive single to left. Fox was also 4-for-5 with five RBI in the opening game and added two hits in the series finale. The Sagehens are now tied for first place in the SCIAC at 17-7 with both La Verne and Cal Lutheran, and will play four more games this week, including home contests on Sunday against Redlands (11 a.m.) and CMS (3 p.m.).

Women’s Water Polo finished off the regular season undefeated in the SCIAC with two road wins, edging CMS 8-6 in a battle of conference unbeatens on Wednesday to clinch the top seed in this weekend’s tournament, and then coming down to the wire before escaping with a 5-4 win at Cal Lutheran. Ahsha Earwood ’17 had a big weekend in goal with 13 saves in the CMS win and 11 against Cal Lutheran. Alyssa Woodward ’15 scored to start a fourth-quarter comeback against Cal Lutheran after the Regals led 4-2 with five minutes to play. The Sagehens will host the SCIAC Tournament this weekend, opening play with a 5:30 p.m. contest on Friday against either Occidental or Caltech.

Moments after Women’s Water Polo clinched the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament with a road win over CMS, Women’s Lacrosse followed suit, winning at CMS 11-8 on Wednesday to take a three-game lead in the conference standings. Sarah Markowitz ’16 had three goals, including one with one second left in the first half to break a 4-4 tie. She also twice gave the Sagehens two-goal leads in the second half, her last coming with less than ten minutes left to put her team up 10-8.  Aubrey Douglass ’16 added a goal and two assists, while Zoe Brown ’15 and Annie Schatz ’15 helped key the defensive effort. Women’s Lacrosse closes out the regular season with a Monday night home game against Redlands (7 p.m.) before hosting a semifinal game on Saturday against an opponent to be determined.

Softball won its first game of the weekend over Chapman, but fell in the nightcap and dropped two at CMS to fall out of contention for the conference tournament. Ashley Morello ’15 continued her hot hitting, though, as she stretched her hitting streak to 15 games and pushed her average up to .420 on the season after batting 5-for-7 in the CMS doubleheader. Morello will be honored on Senior Day on Friday prior to a 2 p.m. home doubleheader against Occidental.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis were idle this week but will be back in action at the Ojai Valley Championships, the final tuneup before the postseason begins. Men’s Golf will also begin the three-day SCIAC Championships this weekend at Oak Valley Golf Club.

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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold

Monday, April 20
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Redlands, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22
Baseball at Whittier, 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 23
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 9 a.m.

Friday, April 24
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 9 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. Occidental, 2 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. 8-9 Winner, 5:30 p.m. (SCIAC Tournament)

Saturday, April 25
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. TBA (SCIAC Tournament)
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. TBA (SCIAC Tournament)

Men’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 9 a.m.
Softball at Whittier, 12 p.m.
Baseball at Chapman, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 26
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. TBA (SCIAC Tournament)
Men’s Tennis at Ojai Tournament, 9 a.m.
Men’s Golf at SCIAC Championship, 9 a.m. (Oak Valley)
Women’s Golf at SCIAC Championship, 9 a.m. (Oak Valley)
Baseball (H) vs. Redlands, 11 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. CMS, 3 p.m.

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