Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore Fiona Riley (Berkeley, Calif.) and junior Caitlyn Hynes (Upland, Calif. - pictured) threw complete games in the circle as the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team took a pair of one-run games against Puget Sound, winning the opener 3-2 and taking the nightcap 2-1.
With the wins, the Sagehens improve their record to 6-10 on the season. Puget Sound slips to 0-18 as it remains in search of its first win of the year.
Hynes threw a three-hitter in the nightcap with four strikeouts for her first win of the year, while also batting 2-for-3 in the opening game.
Pomona-Pitzer got all of the offense it would need in the opener with two runs in the first. Emily Glass had an unusual RBI double for the first run when her grounder in the 5-6 hole was tipped by a diving effort from the Puget Sound third baseman into the path of the shortstop, and the ball caromed off her leg into foul territory.
Third baseman Paige Oliver then hit a single into right-center, and Glass was able to beat the throw home for the eventual winning run. Taylor Jones had an RBI single in the fourth to cut it to 2-1, but that was all the Loggers could muster. Left fielder Ashley Morello had a big play to start the seventh with a running catch in the left-center field gap to take a double away.
Glass was 3-for-3 in the nightcap to pace the Sagehens.
In the opener, the Sagehens scored all the runs they would need in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Another unusual play helped that rally as Pomona-Pitzer had runners at second and third and none out. Hynes grounded to third, and Amy Shmeckpeper came home with a low throw. Morello started to retreat to third, but the throw hit Hynes' bat in front of home plate and took a bad hop to the backstop to allow Morello to change directions once again and head home.
After that run scored, Glass and Oliver followed with back to back RBI groundouts to make the score 3-0. Brianna Hubel had an RBI single in the fourth and Jones added a sac fly in the sixth, but that was all that Riley would yield, as she threw all seven innings with five hits and five strikeouts.
Hynes was 2-for-3 in the opening game and Morello was 2-for-4.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Thursday for a noon doubleheader with Williams before resuming SCIAC play Saturday with a road doubleheader at Occidental.