CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's softball team split on their Senior Day to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Redlands with a 3-1 win in game one and a 5-1 loss in game two on Friday afternoon at Wig Beach Field.
Freshman Liz Rodarte continued her dominance on the mound in game one as she went all seven innings and only surrendered two hits to the Bulldogs and struck out eight batters.
Pomona-Pitzer struck first in the bottom of the second as Rodarte lined a home run to dead center to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead.
The Sagehens added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth as junior Bianca Cockrell singled in the infield to bring home senior Paige Oliver and sophomore Kelsey Buchanan followed that up with an RBI on a fielder's choice to score junior Emily Rockhill as Pomona-Pitzer took a 3-0 lead over the Bulldogs.
Redlands scored its only run of the game off of Rodarte in the top of the sixth as Summer Smith lined a home run over the left field wall to cut the Sagehens' lead down to 3-1. Rodarte stayed on in the ninth and shut down the Redlands offense as Pomona-Pitzer took game one of the double header.
The Sagehens took the lead first again in game two as Buchanan singled home senior Susanne Boden on a line drive to right field to give Pomona-Pitzer a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Bulldogs responded with three runs in the top of the second with two RBI singles and a RBI double to take a 3-1 lead over the Sagehens.
Redlands added two more runs as Vicki King hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 5-1.
Pomona-Pitzer had offensive struggles in game two as they could not keep up with the Bulldog hitters and dropped game two to Redlands.
The Sagehens will next travel to Whittier on Saturday, April 30th with a chance to steal the fourth place spot in the SCIAC with a double header beginning at 12:00 p.m.