Sagehens Trade Comebacks In Split With Lewis & Clark

Sagehens Trade Comebacks In Split With Lewis & Clark

Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore center fielder Leah Bleichner (Simi Valley, Calif.) hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning of the opener (home run swing pictured) and junior first baseman Lauren Boden (Atlanta, Ga.) was 5-for-6 in the doubleheader as Pomona-Pitzer split a pair with Lewis & Clark on Friday afternoon in non-conference play.

Pomona-Pitzer rallied from a three-run deficit to win the opening game 8-6, while Lewis & Clark came back from a 4-1 deficit to win the nightcap 6-4, taking the lead with three runs in the seventh. Pomona-Pitzer now stands at 2-2 on the young season, heading into tomorrow's SCIAC opening road doubleheader at Redlands, while Lewis & Clark moves to 3-1.

The opening game saw the Sagehens surrender three unearned runs in the top of the first inning to dig themselves an early hole. However, they bounced back with two in the bottom of the second inning, as sophomore second baseman Meagan Tokunaga (Albany, Calif.) had an RBI single, and junior left fielder Ashley Morello (Santa Cruz, Calif.) ripped a double the other way down the line to make the score 3-2.

An Amanda Rabith RBI double for Lewis & Clark in the top of the third made the score 4-2, where it stayed until the bottom of the fifth inning. With two on and two out, Bleichner turned on an inside pitch and hit a drive down the left field line that tucked inside the pole for a three-run homer, giving the Sagehens their first lead of the day.

Pomona-Pitzer added three more key insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Morello hit a two-run double for her second and third RBI of the game, and junior first baseman Caitlyn Hynes (Upland, Calif.) tacked on an RBI single. Those runs would prove to be big, as Jet'aime Mullins hit a two-run homer with two outs to make the score 8-6, but the Pioneers could come no closer.

The nightcap proved to be the inverse of the opening game, as Pomona-Pitzer gained the upper hand early. After spotting Lewis & Clark a run in the second on a wild pitch, the Sagehens scored the next four runs. Hynes tied the score in the bottom of the third with an RBI groundout, and freshman shortstop Paige Oliver (Citrus Heights, Calif.) broke the tie with an RBI double in the fourth.

Freshman right fielder Susanne Boden (Atlanta, Ga.) followed with an RBI single, and freshman second baseman Aryana Yee (Redwood City, Calif.) beat out an infield slap single to make the score 4-1.

Lewis & Clark chipped away with a run in the fifth on an RBI groundout from Caitlin McCormick, and then added another one in the sixth on an RBI double from Lauren Lovato. In the seventh inning, Lewis & Clark set the table with its speed at the top of the lineup as Haley Robinson reached on an infield single and went to third on an error to put runners on the corners with nobody out.

Hannah Del Pra then tied the game with a single, and Mullins hit a single down the line to put the Pioneers ahead 5-4. With two outs, Lovato tacked on another RBI with a single up the middle to plate Del Pra and make the score 6-4.

Morello led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to try to rally the Sagehens, and a walk and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs, but Jill Pinder was able to get the last out on a strikeout to end the game.

Lauren Boden was 3-for-3 in the first game and had hits in her first two at bats in the nightcap before finally being retired on a pop-up. Oliver (2-for-3) and Yee (2-for-3) each had multi-hit games in the nightcap. Morello (2-for-3, three RBI), and Hynes (2-for-3) had multi-hit games in the opener.

Pomona-Pitzer travels to Redlands tomorrow for a noon doubleheader as it opens SCIAC play.