Baseball works to bring back old winning habits
Posted April 21, 2006
Lindsey Gooding
University of La Verne third baseman Colby Jamar ended the eighth inning by tagging out Pomona-Pitzer’s Eric Thompson on his attempted steal.
In game one, Jamar hit a single up the third base line bringing in Kyle Johnson. La Verne lost all three games in a three-game series to the Sagehens, 5-3, 11-5, and 10-6.

Darnell Gilbert
Staff Writer

Since the start of conference play the La Verne baseball team has struggled, recently falling to Pomona-Pitzer in a three-game sweep that extended its losing streak to 10 games.

The Leopards were defeated 5-3 in the first game. Alex Perkins of Pomona-Pitzer held La Verne big bats in check allowing one hit between first baseman Jonathan Marty, outfielder Kyle Johnson and center fielder Lucas Berry.

“We haven’t been able to come up with those clutch hits,” Marty said.

Richard Johnson took the mound for the Leopards pitching a sub par game giving up four runs in six innings of work. Johnson lacked the offense production he normally receives which put more pressure on him.

Junior Daniel Talbot was lone star for La Verne leading them with two hits.

Third baseman Colby Jamar and Johhnson were the only two Leopards who drove in runs.

In Saturday’s doubleheader at Pomona-Pitzer La Verne was lost both games, 10-6 and 11-5.

In game one La Verne jumped out to an early lead scoring five of its six runs in the second and third inning giving them a five run lead.

Reliable starter Ryan Rose was on the mound and went five innings allowing two runs and striking out three Sagehens. Head coach Scott Winterburn took out Rose in the six inning with a 5-2 lead believing his bullpen could hold the lead.

With a 6-4 lead heading into the eighth Pomona’s Brandon Huerta and Ben Ginsberg help the Saghens rallied for six runs helping them win game one and giving them their ninth win of the season.

Game two was no different. Pomona rallied for six runs giving them a six run lead over the Leopards going into the third inning. Junior Scott Marcus had three hits and drove in one of the La Verne’s five runs. The Leopards could not find a way to drive in runs, leaving 17 runners on base.

“We are leaving to many runners on base,” Talbot said. “As a team, we are having trouble gelling together. One game the pitchers play good and we can’t get a hit then when we get hits our pitching has trouble.”

Winterburn left pitcher Dustin Bowers in the game too long. Bowers gave up nine runs in just five innings, making a comeback impossible.

The Leopards left 34 runner’s on base for the series and hitters three, four and five went 11-35 and only drove in four RBI for the series.

“Our intensity has stayed the same,” Danny Bonilla said. “ In these next games we just need to find ourselves again.”

La Verne hopes of making it into the post season are very slim. The absence of senior Jason Jarvis has definitely affected the Leopards.

Tomorrow La Verne battles Chapman, trying to snap their 10 game losing streak in a double header in Orange with the first pitch at 3 p.m.

Darnell Gilbert can be reached at flawlessgee@yahoo.com.

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