Softball Falls In 10 Innings To La Sierra

Softball Falls In 10 Innings To La Sierra

Riverside, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team fell victim to a five-inning perfect game (10-0) against Cal State San Marcos, and a 10-inning defeat (4-3) to host La Sierra on Sunday. The losses drop the Sagehens to 5-7 on the young season.

After being shut down by Cal State San Marcos, the second-ranked team in NAIA, in its opener, the Sagehens seemed poise to come away with a split on the day as it led La Sierra 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. However, Raeven Ball tied the game up with a two-out RBI single after a passed ball allowed the Golden Eagles close to within 3-2.

The game then moved to the international tiebreaker rule with a runner placed on second to start each inning and neither team could bring home a run in either the eighth or ninth. The Sagehens again left the runner stranded in the tenth, and finally La Sierra's Barbara Torres was able to single home the winning run from third in the tenth to end the game.

Pomona-Pitzer took its 3-1 lead with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. Freshman Jessica Liu (Alamo, Calif.) started the fifth-inning rally with a one-out double and came home on a single from freshman left fielder Ashley Morello (Santa Cruz, Calif.) to make the score 1-0. With two outs, freshman center fielder Leah Bleichner (Simi Valley, Calif.) added an RBI single for an insurance run.

La Sierra scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, but Pomona-Pitzer answered back in the sixth with an unearned run as well as junior third baseman Kathryn Rabak (Grass Valley, Calif.) singled, and pinch runner Stephanie Boden (Atlanta, Ga.) stole second and came home on an error.

Liu was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Sagehens, with a walk and a sacrifice. Morello and senior shortstop Ari Roach (Pinole, Calif.) also had two hits apiece (both going 2-for-5).

The first game was devoid of drama as Cortney Allen retired all 15 Sagehen she faced for an abbreviated perfect game as the contest was shortened due to the run rule. Allen struck out four and, five infield pop-ups, five grounders and one fly ball (from Bleichner to center field) to get the perfect game. The Cougars had 12 hits on offense in five innings, as Kaitlin McGinley's three-run triple with two outs in the second made the score 4-0 and sent Cal State San Marcos on its way.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action this weekend when it returns to SCIAC play with a home doubleheader against La Verne on Saturday at 12 p.m.