Early Homer Helps Pacific Beat Sagehens In Shortened Game

Early Homer Helps Pacific Beat Sagehens In Shortened Game

Claremont, Calif. – Jordan Mittelsdorf hit a three-run homer for Pacific (Ore.) in the first inning, as the Boxers captured a 6-1 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Friday afternoon in a game that was shortened to five innings due to darkness.

The Sagehens slip to 2-3 on the season with the loss in a game which was scheduled for 3 p.m., but did not begin until 4:15, since Pacific and La Verne played a game prior (a 13-7 La Verne win) which lasted for almost three hours. Pacific, which scored all six of its runs against the Sagehens via the long ball, improves to 1-1 with the win.

Pomona-Pitzer fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning on the Mittelsdorf round-tripper. After freshman starting pitcher Fiona Riley retired the first two batters on grounders to third, an error kept the inning alive. A single put two runners on, and Mittelsdorf followed with a three-run homer over the fence in left field to give the Boxers the early lead.

The Sagehens tried to dent the lead in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of walks to senior shortstop Ari Roach (Pinole, Calif.) and senior first baseman Bri Marcantoni (Chino Hills, Calif.). However, Pacific center fielder Kiera Melton made a diving catch off a sinking line drive from freshman left fielder Ashley Morello (Santa Cruz, Calif.) to end the threat.

Pacific tacked on another run in the top of the second inning on a two-out solo homer from third baseman Lauren Tuey to make the score 4-0. Tuey then ended the bottom of the second with a terrific defensive play on a hot smash from senior right fielder Emily Buika (Long Beach, Calif.) with a runner on second. Nikki King then added a two-run homer to left in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-0.

Pomona-Pitzer broke the scoring ice in the bottom of the fourth as Morello led off with a single, and went to third on a double from freshman third baseman Emily Glass (Davis, Calif.), who hit a shallow liner in front of a diving attempt from Melton. Freshman second basebam Meagan Tokunaga (Albany, Calif.) then drove home Morello with a groundout to cut the lead to 6-1, but the Sagehens could come no closer.

Glass was 2-for-3 to continue her torrid hitting after batting 6-for-7 in last weekend's doubleheader against Vanguard. Glass, who is only five games into her college career, had hits in eight straight at-bats spanning over the last three games, and is also nine for her last 11 at the plate, even with a line out to shortstop for the final out of the game.

Roach and Marcantoni were each 1-for-2 with a single and a walk for the Sagehens, while seven different players had one hit apiece for Pacific, including the homers from Mittelsdorf, Tuey and King. Sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Hynes (Upland, Calif.) threw 1.2 innings of hitless relief for Pomona-Pitzer in the loss.

The Sagehens will be back in action tomorrow for a 12 p.m. home doubleheader against Chapman.