Sagehens Sweep Occidental, Stretch Win Streak To Four

Sagehens Sweep Occidental, Stretch Win Streak To Four

Los Angeles - Freshman Kelsey Buchanan (pictured) was 5-for-7 in the doubleheader, while adding the tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of a 4-3 win in the the nightcap, as the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team took two games at Occidental on Saturday. 

Pomona-Pitzer also took the opening game 11-1 in six innings. With the sweep, the Sagehens are now 10-12 on the season and have won four straight games, while improving to 5-7 in the SCIAC. Occidental is now 5-15 overall and 2-10 in the SCIAC. 

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 3-2 in the fifth inning of the second game, but Buchanan came through with an RBI single with one out to tie the score. Occidental was able to turn a double play with the bases loaded to keep the score 3-3 and prevent any further damage, though. 

In the seventh, senior left fielder Ashley Morello led off with a single, and moved to second when senior center fielder Leah Bleichner reached on an error. Freshman first baseman Emily Rockhill then sacrificed the runners over, and Buchanan hit the sacrifice fly to center to put the Sagehens ahead to stay.  

Sophomore Bianca Cockrell, who went the distance in the circle allowing five hits and one earned run, coaxed three straight ground balls in the bottom of the seventh to wrap up the 4-3 win and the sweep. Buchanan was 2-for-3 in the nightcap, while Morello and Bleichner were each 2-for-4.

There was less drama in the first game as the Sagehens took a 7-0 lead with six runs in the second, which was keyed when Buchanan's fly to center was misplayed and allowed three runs to score. Buchanan had started the scoring in the first with an RBI single, while Rockhill and junior right fielder Susanne Boden added RBI singles in the second. 

Pomona-Pitzer then scored four times in the sixth to enforce the eight-run rule, with freshman catcher Natalie Ireland capping it off with a two-run double. Buchanan was 3-for-4 in the first game, while Boden was 2-for-3. Rockhill went the distance to get the win in the circle, allowing four hits and just one run. 

The Sagehens will be back in action next weekend for four home games, a doubleheader with Williams on Friday at 1 p.m. and a twinbill with Whittier on Saturday at 12 noon.