Riley Leads Sagehens To Game One Win, Game Two Halted Due To Rain

Riley Leads Sagehens To Game One Win, Game Two Halted Due To Rain

Claremont, Calif - Freshman pitcher Fiona Riley (Berkeley, Calif.) hit the go-ahead two run single and also earned the win in relief as the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team picked up a 10-7 win over Chapman on Saturday.

The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was halted due to rain with Chapman holding a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning. With the win, the Sagehens improve to 3-3 on the year, while Chapman suffers its first loss and falls to 2-1.

Chapman scored four times in the top of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead, but the Sagehens answered right back with six runs in the bottom half to pull away. 

After loading the bases with one out, Pomona-Pitzer freshman catcher Emily Glass (Davis, Calif.) lined a single up the middle to cut the Chapman lead to 6-5. One out later, Riley, who came on in relief in the top half of the inning, hit a two-run single to give the Sagehens the lead for good in the first at-bat of her college career.

Freshman right fielder Ashley Morello (Santa Cruz, Calif.) added a two-run double to make the score 9-6, and an error allowed Morello to score with the tenth run, giving the Sagehens five runs after there were two outs in the inning.

Chapman got one run back in the top of the sixth, but Riley escaped further trouble with a strikeout with two runners on base. The Sagehens then finished off the game as senior shortstop Ari Roach (Pinole, Calid.) fielded a grounder up the middle, stepped on second, and threw on to first for a game-ending double play.

Roach also got the Sagehen offense started in the first inning. After the Panthers scored twice in their first at-bat, Roach evened up the score with a two-run homer to right field, her first round-tripper of the season (home run swing pictured).  

Glass then put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 4-2 in the bottom of the third with a two-out, two-run single. The lead didn't hold, though, as a two-run homer from Stephanie Engle in the fifth put Chapman up 5-4 and the Panthers added an insurance run to go ahead 6-4, before the Sagehens rallied in the bottom half.

Glass finished 3-for-4 after hits in her first three at-bats, finishing off a streak when she was 11-for-12 at the plate over a span of four games. Riley was 2-for-2 in the opener in her first two collegiate at-bats and earned the win for her first collegiate victory.

In the nightcap, Chapman led 5-0 before the Sagehens scored four times in the fifth to close within 5-4, before the steady rains picked up. The game will be resumed when Pomona-Pitzer visits Chapman on March 27, with the Panthers having a runner on first and nobody out in the top half of the sixth.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday when it opens SCIAC play with a home doubleheader against Redlands.