The field for the 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Baseball Tournament has been set. Double-elimination postseason action is slated to begin Friday, May 4 on the campuses of top-seeded La Verne and second-seeded Redlands. Saturday and Sunday action then moves to the campus of La Verne.
After the 2018 regular season, La Verne (28-12) and Redlands (31-9) each posted a 19-5 record in SCIAC play. The Leopards garnered the top seed after taking two of three games from the Bulldogs in early April. La Verne takes the field having won four straight and 10 of its last 12 games to close out the regular season and will look to build on its tournament run from last season which saw the Leopards fall, 6-2 to Cal Lutheran and 8-7 to Chapman. La Verne will host fourth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer (22-17, 12-12) at 3 p.m. in game one.
Redlands is riding a six-game winning streak entering tournament action after finishing as the tournament runner-up a year ago. The Bulldogs defeated Chapman twice during the run, 5-4 and 17-8, and fell to Cal Lutheran twice - 4-3 and 3-2 in the title game. Redlands will square off with the third-seeded Panthers (30-10, 15-9) at 3 p.m. in Redlands, Calif. Chapman takes the field looking to build on its series sweep of Occidental to end the 2018 regular season.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Adam Santa Cruz has posted a .406 batting average in 35 games to lead La Verne, registering 39 hits including five doubles, a triple and 18 RBI. Jakob Thomas has also featured prominently at the plate with a .365 average ignited by 46 hits which includes 14 doubles, four triples, four homers, and 32 runs batted in. On the hill, Christopher Perez has been terrific leading the Leopards with nine saves in 38.1 innings of relief. He has fanned 49 batters and registered a 2.82 ERA to go along with a 2-1 record.
Redlands is led by Brendan Gardiner, the Bulldogs' leader in hits (61), runs scored (51), and RBI (39). In addition to boasting a .401 batting average, Gardiner has legged out 16 doubles, four triples and smashed four homers in 2018. Aaron Singh is hitting at a .374 clip for the season with 55 hits, 46 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, a pair of homers and 28 RBI. Adam Stead has provided quality on the mound with an 8-0 record in 73.2 innings of work. He has struck out 74 batters and posted a 1.47 ERA.
Chapman's Tristan Kevitch has been stellar at the dish all season, batting .389 on the strength of 58 hits, including 12 doubles, two triples, and seven long balls. He has also driven in 38 runs, while Jarod Penniman follows with a .371 batting efficiency. He has collected 39 hits, seven doubles, a triple and plated 26 runners. On the hill, Matt Mogollon has notched an 8-2 record in 81.2 innings of work with 86 strikeouts and a 1.54 ERA. Tyler Peck is 6-2 in 62.1 innings, highlighted by 82 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA.
Pomona-Pitzer's Nolan McCafferty leads the team in hits with 57, doubles with 16 and has also driven in 29 runners en route to a .348 average. He is also tied with Brian Knapp with 35 runs scored. Knapp is hitting at a .340 clip with 54 hits, 10 doubles, a triple and eight homers in addition to posting a team-best 38 RBI. Tyler Yoshihara leads the Sagehens on the hill with a 6-2 record in 75.2 frames of work. He has whiffed 72 batters this season and registered a 3.57 ERA.
SCIAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, May 4
Game 1: No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer at No. 1 La Verne - 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 3 Chapman at No. 2 Redlands - 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 - All games at La Verne
Game 3: loser of game 1 v. loser game 2 - 8:30 a.m.
Game 4: winner of game 1 v. winner of game 2 - 11:30 a.m.
Game 5: winner of game 3 v. loser of game 4 - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 - All games at La Verne
Game 6: Championship Game - 11 a.m.
Game 7: If necessary - 30 minutes following game 6