Softball: Alondra Reynoso Throws First Career No-Hitter To Secure Oxy Sweep

Softball: Alondra Reynoso Throws First Career No-Hitter To Secure Oxy Sweep

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team remain undefeated after shutting out the Occidental Tigers with a pair of 9-0 mercy rule sweeps. Liz Rodarte pitched phenomenally in the first game, throwing a complete game shutout, but Alondra Reynoso followed up with an impressive no-hitter in the second game, the first of her career. First year Taylor Lehner had a field day with the Tigers' pitching staff, hitting a combined 5-for-6 with 7 RBIs and 4 runs.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 7-0-1 record overall and 4-0 in the SCIAC.

Pomona-Pitzer 9, Occidental 0 (5 Inning Mercy Rule)

Taylor Lehner had a breakout game at the plate, hitting 3-for-4 with two runs and a team-high 5 RBIs with a game-sealing home run. On the mound, Liz Rodarte pitched all five innings and earned her fourth win of the season. She finished the game with four strikeouts and induced only two hits, lowering her ERA to 1.21.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Karina Falkstrom continued her hot-hitting with runners in scoring position, lacing an RBI single down the left field line to give the Sagehens the lead.

At the top of the second, the Tigers placed a runner on first off a walk, but Makensey Druckman made an incredible defensive play, fielding a shallow grounder and tagging out the batter. With the runner on first trying to extend to third, Druckman quickly threw her out for the double play.

Rodarte continued to deal from the mound, as she retired nine straight batters from the third to fifth inning at ease. She finished the game with four strikeouts and induced only two hits.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Sagehens' offense exploded with five straight runs to end the game. After Izzy Deatherage led off by getting hit by a pitch, Falkstrom advanced her with a single to left field. Julia Carreon grounded a single up the middle to bring in one and Druckman followed with another single to make it 6-0. Baleigh McCuskey kept the rally going with a base-clearing double to center field. Kristen Hong placed runners on the corners with a single, and later with one out, Taylor Lehner launched a home run over left field to seal the mercy rule victory.

Pomona-Pitzer 9, Occidental 0 (5 Inning Mercy Rule)

Reynoso threw a five-inning no-hitter, the first no-hitter of her career, as she finished the game in 65 pitches, 40 for strikes. On the offensive end, the Sagehens showed off their discipline in the first inning, taking three walks and tacking on three runs in the first inning, including a huge RBI single by McCuskey.

In the bottom of the second inning, with runners at the corners and one out, Deatherage laced a single to left field to bring in one run. Later after Julia Carreon loaded the bases after getting hit by a pitch, Olivia Campion also got hit by a pitch to bring in a run. The Sagehens continued to show their discipline at the plate, drawing two more bases-loaded walk, before Lehner drilled a double down the left field line to bring in two runs and extended the lead 9-0.

Reynoso continued to retire the Tigers at ease, but almost saw her no-hitter broken up in the top of the fourth inning with two outs when Bailey Stevens almost drilled a grounder through the infield gap. Deatherage dove to make the stop, but the ball bounced off her glove. Kristen Hong didn't hesitate to make the scoop and slung the ball to first for the out and preserve the no-hitter.

Reynoso proceeded to retire three straight in the fifth to end the game.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel across the street on Saturday, March 2 when they face their cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 12:00/2:00 p.m.

(Videos courtesy of Myles Druckman)