Sixth Inning Comeback Gives Sagehens Split

Sixth Inning Comeback Gives Sagehens Split

Claremont, Calif. - Natalie Ireland hit a two-run single (hit pictured) and Emily Rockhill earned a complete game victory as the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team won the nightcap of a doubleheader against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to salvage a split. 

CMS won the first game 11-0 in five games as the two teams each took a game. Pomona-Pitzer moves to 7-12 overall and 3-7 in the SCIAC with the split, while CMS moves to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play. 

The Sagehens entered the sixth inning of the nightcap trailing 2-0 after Roleder hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to account for the game's only runs. However, Rockhill led off with a walk (her third walk of the game), and freshmen Kelsey Buchanan and Sam Carlson followed with singles to load the bases. Junior right fielder Susanne Boden hit a line drive single to pull Pomona-Pitzer within 2-1 and Ireland followed with a single into the gap.

The play at the plate was close, but freshman pinch runner Hayley Sindt was just able to elude the tag and was called safe with the go-ahead run. Pomona-Pitzer got caught in a run down on a failed squeeze to prevent further damage, but Rockhill allowed only a two-out single in the top of the seventh as she finished off the win, allowing seven hits and striking out five. Carlson also came up with a key defensive play on a bunt to start the inning, nipping Shannon O'Neill at first.

Buchanan and Boden were each 2-for-3 at the plate for the Sagehens in the nightcap. In the opening game, Anna Gurr held the Sagehens to four hits to get the shutout in a game shortened to five innings. Brooklyn Robinson and Katie Savard were each 2-for-2 for the Athenas, with Robinson scoring three runs and Savard driving in three. 

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action next weekend for a single game against Grinnell on Friday at 12 noon and a road doubleheader at Occidental on Saturday.