Oliver's Big Day Helps Sagehens Split With Redlands

Oliver's Big Day Helps Sagehens Split With Redlands

Claremont, Calif. - Junior third baseman Paige Oliver had two homers and eight RBI in the doubleheader, including a grand slam in a 10-run first inning the opener, as the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team split two with Redlands on Friday afternoon in their SCIAC opener. 

The first game ended up 19-6 in five innings, after the Sagehens scored 10 times in the first and seven in the second to build a 17-6 lead. Redlands came back to win the nightcap 10-5, using a seven-run fifth inning to break open a 1-1 game. 

The Sagehens started the opening game with four straight singles, as seniors Ashley Morello and Leah Bleichner started the game off with sharp singles, and freshman Emily Rockhill followed suit to load the bases. Junior Susanne Boden then lined a single to score the first run, and freshman Sam Carlson drew a bases-loaded walk to stretch it to 2-0.

Oliver then came up and drove a low pitch over the left-center field fence to clear the bases and give the Sagehens a 6-0 lead (home run swing pictured). Bleichner drew a bases loaded walk and Rockhill was hit by a pitch to force in another run, before Boden capped off the inning with a two-run single, to make the score 10-0.

Redlands came right back with six runs in the top of the second to close within 10-6, but the Sagehens ended any comeback hopes with a seven-run second. Bleichner had a two-run single and Boden added a two-run double in the inning.

Boden finished 4-for-4 with four RBI in the opener, while Oliver was 3-for-4 with four RBI and Carlson was 2-for-3 with four RBI. Sophomore Eden Griffen got the win in relief, throwing 3.2 innings of tw0-hit ball.

The nightcap saw Oliver tie the score up with an RBI double in the fourth inning, before Redlands scored seven in the top of the fifth to take control. A two-run homer from Vicki King made the score 10-1, before Oliver went yard again in the bottom of the sixth to close the lead to 10-3. Oliver added another RBI in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk to make the score 10-5 and bring the tying run to the plate with nobody out, but Redlands pitcher Courtney Ludlow was able to get the last three outs in order.

Olliver was 2-for-3 with four RBI in the nightcap to conclude a 5-for-7, eight RBI day. Aryana Yee was 2-for-3 and Rockhill went 2-for-4.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action tomorrow for a non-conference doubleheader against George Fox, beginning at 12 p.m.