Mar 10, 2013
Orange, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team managed just seven hits in the doubleheader as they were swept by SCIAC-leading Chapman 2-0 and 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.
With the losses, the Sagehens fall to 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the SCIAC, while Chapman improves to 12-2 overall and 9-1 in the SCIAC.
In the nightcap, Pomona-Pitzer finally got on the board for the first time in the doubleheader in the top of the fourth inning, when junior first baseman Caitlyn Hynes (Upland, Calif. - pictured) had a two-out RBI double to knot the score 1-1.
However, Chapman loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth and scored three runs. Brittany Furlong broke the tie with a sacrifice fly, and Stephanie Engle added a two-run single to push the lead to 4-1. The Sagehens put two runners on in the sixth as they tried to rally, but Hynes flew out to right field to end the threat.
In the opener, Rhianna Stepler Camp had a pair of two-out RBI doubles to score Lisa Perez to account for the game's only runs. In the second inning, Perez drew a one-out walk and came home on a Camp double. In the sixth, Perez hit a one-out single and once again Camp found a gap to drive home an insurance run.
Sophomore pitcher Fiona Riley (Berkeley, Calif.) threw well in defeat, but the Sagehen offense was unable to give her any support. Through the first six innings, Pomona-Pitzer managed only an infield single from freshman shortstop Aryana Yee (Redwood City, Calif.).
In the seventh, the Sagehens showed signs of life and attempted a late comeback, as sophomore center fielder Leah Bleichner (Simi Valley, Calif.) and freshman shortstop Paige Oliver (Citrus Heights, Calif.) each had singles off of Chapman starter Cassie Oregel for the second and third hits of the day.
After a sacrifice bunt moved the tying run into scoring position, reliever Natalie Both got the final two outs on a strikeout and a groundout to get the save, preserving the 2-0 win. Both went on to throw a complete game to get the win in the nightcap, allowing four hits, while Riley threw her second complete game of the day, but took her second loss.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday for a home doubleheader against Cal Lutheran, beginning at 12 noon