WHITTIER, Calif. – Starting pitcher Kevin Pigott went 6.1 innings and only allowed three runs but he was outdueled by Occidental’s Ross Pomerantz who tossed a complete game as the Tigers earned the season sweep of the Poets behind a 6-3 win at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.
Pigott rolled through the first three innings, but got in trouble in the top of the fourth as Occidental pushed three runs across the plate. The Tigers led off the inning with a double and after Pigott got a fly out to right field they came with their second double of the inning to put runners at second and third with one out.
Pigott allowed an RBI-single to the ensuing batter who stole second during the next at bat. The Tigers weren’t finished as a single down the right field line plated the second and third runs of the frame.
The Poets (8-30, 5-21) went down in order in the fourth but scored twice in the fifth to make it a one-run ballgame.
Reed Tuttle started the home half of the fifth by breaking up Pomerantz’s no-hitter with a single up the middle. A one-out single by Pete Mitchell put runners on first and second for Nick Amicone who flied out to right field but allowed Andrew Vallejo to advance to third in doing so.
Tyler Bogart cleared the bases with a two RBI-triple to the deepest part of the ball park to make the score 3-2. Josh Genzuk hit what appeared to be the game-tying single but Occidental’s Casey Harms made a diving play to rob Genzuk of a hit.
Pigott went back to work in the sixth and a leadoff single by the Tigers was all for nothing. Occidental attempted a sacrifice bunt but Pigott fielded his position and was able to start the 1-6-3 double play.
The senior right-hander opened the seventh frame by recording an out and a one-out single on his 69th pitch of the afternoon was his last pitch. Taylor Fallon relieved Pigott, picked off a runner and first and got a ground out to end the top of the seventh.
Vallejo started a rally in the bottom of the seventh with a triple to left center. Occidental pulled their infield in and the move paid off. Mitchell hit a high chopper to the shortstop who came home with the ball to get Vallejo at the plate. The Tigers got Amicone to ground out to end the inning.
The Tigers added two runs in the eighth, both on a throwing error, to take a 5-2 lead. OXY tried a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Fallon just off the mound. Fallon went to third but threw behind Mitchell which allowed two runs to score.
The Tigers added one more run in the ninth and a solo homerun to left field by Jacob Storrer was the rest of the offense the Poets would generate.
Pigott went 6.1 innings and scattered sevens. He allowed three runs and suffered the loss. Pomerantz struck out seven and gave up five hits in picked up the win.
The Poets will play their final two games of the season, next weekend, starting with a 3 pm home tile against Redlands on Friday.