ORANGE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's softball team extended their winning streak to four games on Saturday afternoon, taking two victories over Chapman. They won the first game of the doubleheader 6-4 and the second one by a narrow 1-0. Liz Rodarte had an outstanding showing, throwing a complete game shutout in the second.
Season Impact: The two wins improve the Hens' record to 19-6-1 and 10-3-1 in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Chapman 6-4
Karina Falkstrom continued her hot hitting from the Willamette series, going 2-for-3 with a run, while Olivia Campion with 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Alondra Reynoso earned her seventh win of the season after pitching for five innings and surrendering three earned runs and striking out four.
The Panthers struck early in the first inning as Michaela Foisy led off with a triple and was brought home by Kristen Weiser on a double. Weiser later took advantage of an error to score, giving Chapman a 2-0 lead.
Reynoso settled down as the game progressed, holding Chapman scoreless in the second and third inning. At the top of the fourth, the Sagehens' offense came to life with a huge six-run rally. Ireland struck first, slicing a single down the middle with runners on second and third to tie the game. Later with the bases loaded and two outs, Kristen Hong reached first on an error by the third baseman as the Hens took a one-run lead. Campion capped off the rally with a base-clearing double to give the Hens a 6-0 lead.
The Panthers later added a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead in half. Then in the bottom of the fifth, with a runner on second and two outs, Hope Ballard laced a single to left field to cut the deficit 6-4.
Reynoso got caught in a slight jam in the sixth when Foisy hit a two-out single and stole second and third with hopes of cutting the lead to one. But Reynoso induced a fly out to get out of the inning. The starter followed with a scoreless seventh inning for the win.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Chapman 1-0
Liz Rodarte only needed one run of support to tame the Panthers, striking out five and holding them scoreless for her 11th win of the season. Izzy Deatherage went 2-for-3 with an RBI as her bat proved to be the deciding factor to this game.
The Hens nearly threated in the top of the second inning when Deatherage lined a single to left field and stole second. However, Chapman starter Sarah Taketa coolly held off the next three batters to keep the game scoreless.
Meanwhile, Rodarte never placed runners in scoring position, only allowing a base runner on first four times.
At the top of the sixth, Campion hit a single to right center with one out. Jessica Maya pinch ran for Campion and later advanced to second on an error. With runners on first and second and one out, Deatherage launched a double to deep left center to bring Maya home and give the Hens a 1-0 lead.
The in the final inning, the Panthers advanced a runner to second following an error and a sac bunt. However, Rodarte induced a pop fly to shot and a groundout to complete the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will play again next week on Saturday, April 7 as they travel to Thousand Oaks for a doubleheader against Cal Lutheran at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.