ORANGE, Calif. – Behind the strength of its pitching and a couple of big offensive innings, No. 11 Chapman withstood the cold and rain to earn wins against Willamette and No. 18 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Friday at Hart Park. Chapman beat Willamette 6-0 in the afternoon game and then topped West Region rival Pomona-Pitzer 12-1 in five innings as the game was called because of rain.
A five-run second inning gave sophomore righthander Travis McGee all the run support he would need as he held Willamette (3-2) scoreless for seven innings while striking out eight batters. McGee also shut out Willamette last season with a similar performance in an 18-0 Chapman win.
The second inning began with back-to-back singles from senior Adam Kordich and junior Charlie Piro. An error by Bearcats freshman Scott Arn at first base allowed Kordich to score giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead which opened the door for a big inning.
After sophomore Tyler Surnbrock doubled in the Panthers second run, freshman Mark Saatzer pushed the lead to 4-0 with a two-run single to center field. Kordich who led off the inning, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for an RBI and a 5-0 lead. In the third inning Saatzer singled home another run for his third RBI of the game and to put the contest out of reach.
Chapman (6-4) came back in the second contest of the day with a big second inning as well, scoring seven runs and chasing D3baseball.com Preseason All-American David Colvin from the game after just 1 2/3 innings.
Already leading 2-0 after the first inning, Chapman brought 11 men to the plate in the second frame as it capitalized on a pair of walks to start the inning. The Panthers then scored all seven runs with two outs highlighted by a two-run double by Kordich. Senior Max Burnett, along with Piro and Surnbrock also added RBI hits in the inning as Chapman took a 9-0 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer (10-2) got its lone run of the game in the fourth inning as it brought the score to 9-1. Freshman Timothy Novom and sophomore Nick Gentili led off the inning for the Sagehens with back-to-back singles. Novom then came around to score after a throwing error by senior Tyler Hadzinsky at second base.
Chapman then added three runs in the fifth, two coming on a run-scoring double by Hadzinsky. The No.3 through No. 6 hitters for Chapman combined to go 8 for 13 with nine RBI against the Sagehens.
Sophomore Brian Rauh got his third win of the season as he pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing two hits and one unearned run with nine strikeouts.