Claremont, CA — Liz Rodarte finished the day with eleven strikeouts but the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team dropped two games to the Cal Lutheran Regals at home Saturday afternoon.
Game One: Cal Lutheran 2, Pomona-Pitzer 1 (10 Innings)
Liz Rodarte pitched all ten innings, striking out seven, but the Regals sent two runners across the plate in the top of the tenth to take the extra innings win.
In the top of the tenth with the international tiebreaker rule in play placing a runner at second base to start the inning, the Regals found themselves with a runner on second and third base with one out. Cal Lutheran's Emily Manwell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score one run, but an error by the Sagehens scored the runner from second, putting Cal Lutheran ahead 2-0.
The Sagehens responded in the bottom half of the inning. With one out and Emily Rockhill on second base, Sam Carlson singled to second sending Rockhill to third. An error on Cal Lutheran's second baseman sent Rockhill across the plate to put the score at 2-1.
Pomona-Pitzer had a shot to tie it with a runner on third and two outs, but a ground out ended the game.
Rodarte was her usual self in the circle, keeping the Sagehens even with Cal Lutheran through nine innings in the defensive struggle.
The sophomore got the Sagehens out of a jam in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Rodarte struck out Alyssa Anderson and then followed it up by striking out Antonia Rapisardi. She then forced Mikaela Mayhew to fly out to third baseman Sam Carlson to end the threat.
The Sagehens made solid contact at the plate all game but couldn't find any gaps in the Cal Lutheran defense. In the bottom of the second, Carlson ripped a pitch to deep left field, but was robbed by a catch at the fence by Amanda Lewis.
Game Two: Cal Lutheran 6, Pomona-Pitzer 1
The Sagehens finished the game with seven hits, but a big fourth inning by the Regals was enough for them to take a win in game two.
After pitching ten innings in game one, Liz Rodarte again got the start in the circle in game two. She went three and two thirds innings with four strikeouts. Rodarte, ranks second in the SCIAC with 71 strikeouts.
Emily Rockhill stepped in and pitched three and a third innings of relief, striking out one with just one earned run.
Haylee Sindt made the most of her opportunity when she stepped in to pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh. The junior blasted the ball of the right field fence and slid into third for the triple. But that was all the offense the Sagehens could generate in the final inning.
Season Impact: The Sagehens fall to 7-19 overall and 3-11 in the SCIAC. Cal Lutheran improves to 9-13 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
Next Game: The Sagehens continue SCIAC play on Friday, April 7 when the host the Redlands Bulldogs in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.Download the Sagehen App Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Get the Sagehen Scoop