Cardiac Kids Do It Again: Rabak's Walk-Off Homer Gives Sagehens Sweep

Cardiac Kids Do It Again: Rabak's Walk-Off Homer Gives Sagehens Sweep

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Claremont, Calif. - Junior catcher Kathryn Rabak (Grass Valley, Calif.) hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, her second home run of the game, as Pomona-Pitzer captured a 7-6 win over the College of Staten Island in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon (Pomona-Pitzer won the opening game 10-2 in six innings).

(pictured: Sagehens greet Rabak (#20) at home plate after her game-winning homer).

With the sweep the Sagehens improve to 9-7 overall on the year, including four straight victories, three of which have featured walk-off hits in their final at-bat after coming back from multi-run deficits (including both games of last weekend's 6-5, 10-9 sweep of La Verne). Staten Island falls to 0-6 on the year with the losses.

In the nightcap, Staten Island went ahead 6-4 with a three-run fifth inning, and dodged a bullet as senior shortstop Ari Roach (Pinole, Calif.) lined out to deep center to end the sixth with runners on second and third. In the top of the seventh, the Dolphins had two on and none out, but sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Hynes (Upland, Calif.) came on in relief to get out of the jam, with the help of a 4-3 double play from freshman second baseman Meagan Tokunaga (Albany, Calif.).

That set the table for the bottom of the seventh, as senior first baseman Bri Marcantoni (Chino Hills, Calif.) led things off with a double into the left-center field gap. Last weekend's hero, freshman center fielder Leah Bleichner (Simi Valley, Calif.), who had eight RBI in the La Verne doubleheader with a walk-off two-run single in the 10-9 win, then singled to right and stole second to put the tying run in scoring position with nobody out.

Freshman third baseman Emily Glass (Davis, Calif.), who walked her first three times up, was then retired on a comebacker by pitcher Stefanie Solari, but Rabak followed with a three-run homer over the left field fence to give the Sagehens the win.

Rabak also started the scoring with a two-run homer in the second, which was the first home run of her collegiate career, before Staten Island came back with three runs in the third. Roach hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third to tie it, and then added an RBI single in the fourth to put the Sagehens ahead 4-3, but the Dolphins answered with a three-run fifth to take a 6-4 lead, which held up until the final pitch.

In the opening game, Marcantoni was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Bleichner was 2-for-4 with three RBI as the Sagehens broke open a scoreless game with five in the fourth, then capped off the 10-2 win with a four-run sixth.

Freshman Jessica Liu (Alamo, Calif.) was 2-for-3 in both games while hitting out of the leadoff spot. Senior outfielder Emily Buika (Long Beach, Calif.) was 2-for-2 in the opener, while Rabak had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the seventh to give her six RBI on the day, including five via homers in the second game.

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Whittier for a SCIAC doubleheader beginning at 12 noon.doubleheader beginning at 12 noon.