Sagehens Settle For Split With Willamette

Sagehens Settle For Split With Willamette

Claremont, Calif. - Freshman Bianca Cockrell (pictured) threw a two-hit shutout in the opener, but the Sagehens dropped a nine-inning decision in the nightcap as it split with Willamette on Wednesday afternoon.

The final score of the opener was 5-0, while Willamette prevailed 10-7 in the nightcap. Pomona-Pitzer moves to 4-19 overall on the year with the split, while Willamette is now 12-11.

The Sagehens got off to a 2-0 lead in the opener on a bases loaded walk from Caitlyn Hynes and an RBI single from Paige Oliver. Hynes then singled to lead off the third and came home on an RBI single from Katie Page, while Meagan Tokunaga doubled home a run in the sixth and came home on another RBI single from Page.

Cockrell, meanwhile, took a one-hitter into the seventh, before allowing a single and a hit by pitch to put two runners on to start the inning, but she retired the next three in order to preserve the shutout. Page finished 2-for-2 with two RBI, while Aryana Yee was 2-for-3.

In game two, Pomona-Pitzer built a 7-0 lead in the early innings as Susanne Boden was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Tokunaga was 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run homer in the third that made the score 7-0.

Willamette, though, pushed across a run in the fourth, added two in the fifth to make it 7-3 and then tied it up with a four-run sixth with three unearned runs as Erin Norris knotted the score with an RBI single.

The game went to the international tiebreaker rule in extra innings with a runner placed on second,  and the Sagehens had a chance to win it in the bottom of the eighth, but Quinn Sheehy was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a sacrifice fly. In the top of the ninth, Alex Shields had a two-run single and came home on an error and the Bearcats were able to close the door in the top half.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Friday