Claremont, Calif. (April 22, 2015)—Pitzer College student and Sagehens Baseball junior pitcher Cameron Yen ’16 was named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week (all sports) and earned a spot on the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week for his performance in a win over Caltech on Saturday.
Yen was one pitch from a perfect game in a 13-0, seven-inning win over the Beavers, retiring the first 20 batters in order. He went to a full count on the 21st batter, and just missed the outside corner by inches to allow the first and only baserunner of the game via a walk.
After a wild pitch moved the runner to second, Yen came back to strike out the final batter, his tenth of the game, to finish off the no-hitter. It was the first no-hitter for a Sagehens hurler in Head Coach Frank Pericolosi’s 13-year tenure with the program.
Caltech only had one serious bid for a hit in the game, as catcher Daniel Chou led off the fourth inning with a line drive back to Yen, who knocked it down and was able to get a close out at first. That ended a streak of six straight strikeouts, after Yen struck out the side in both the second and third innings.
Yen becomes the third Sagehens player to earn a spot on the D3baseball.com Team of the Week this season. Senior Jake Bruml made it as a designated hitter back in February, while junior Simon Rosenbaum PO ’16 earned a spot at first base in March.
The Sagehens Baseball team is currently tied for first in the SCIAC and closes out the regular season with four games this week, beginning with a road game at Whittier today, and concluding with home games on Sunday against Redlands at 11 a.m. and CMS at 3 p.m.
About Sagehen Athletics
Pitzer College joins with Pomona College to field 21 varsity teams – The Sagehens – that compete in Division III NCAA athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). There are 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams: baseball (men), basketball, cross country, football (men), golf, lacrosse (women), soccer, softball (women), swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball (women) and water polo.