CLAREMONT, CA — The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team split at home against the visiting Whittier College Poets Saturday afternoon.
Game One: Pomona-Pitzer 4, Whittier 0
Rodarte had a strong showing in the circle, and the Sagehens rode six hits to a shutout win against the Poets in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
Rodarte got the Sagehens on the board first, hitting a sacrifice fly to deep left field that brought in lead-off hitter Kristen Hong. The run would prove to be the only one the Sagehens needed with Rodarte pitching a complete game shutout. The sophomore finished the game with four strikeouts. Her total for the season moves to 96 strikeouts, ranking second in the SCIAC.
In the bottom of the sixth the Sagehens added three insurance runs on three hits to pull ahead 4-0. Marya Ornelas started things off for the Sagehens, reaching first on a throwing error by the Poets. Designated player Haylee Sindt then moved her to second with an infield single. Izzy Deatherage moved both runners over a base with an infield ground out.
The Poets had their best chance to score in the top of the third inning. With one out and runners on second and third, left fielder Sofia Baig sprinted in from her position to make a diving catch at the edge of the dirt. Two batters later, the Poets grounded out to shortstop, ending the threat.
Hong had a good day at the plate, going two for three. Ornelas also added a hit for the Sagehens.
Game Two: Whittier 2, Pomona-Pitzer 0
The Sagehens and Poets faced off in a tough defensive struggle, but the Poets scored the game's only runs, taking the win in game two.
The game started as a pitching dual between Whittier's Samantha Blum and Sagehen freshman Alondra Reynoso. The two pitchers combined to allow just three hits through the first five innings.
The Poets finally broke the stalemate in the top of the sixth after loading the bases with three straight infield singles. Kacey Whitney then grounded out to Reynoso, bringing in Kalei Guillermo for the 1-0 lead. Another ground out by Whittier brought in another runner for the 2-0 advantage.
Reynoso finished the game with four strikeouts.
Liz Rodarte made a nice defensive play for Pomona-Pitzer in the top of the third inning. The sophomore extended to catch a hard hit line drive and then whipped the ball to Emily Rockhill at first for the double play.
Season Impact: The Sagehens move to 10-24 overall and 6-16 in the SCIAC. Whittier College now sits at 14-18 and 10-10 in SCIAC play.
Next Game: The Sagehens take a short trip and travel across Sixth Street to face rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday, April 21 in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.