WHITTIER, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer softball team split in their final regular season double header to Whittier as they won game one 7-2 but fell in game two 6-1. With the loss in the second game, the Sagehens miss out on the SCIAC Tournament and end the regular season in fifth place in conference play.
Freshman Liz Rodarte got the win in game one as she pitched a complete game and only allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four batters.
The Poets scored first in the bottom of the first inning as Marialena Ahern hit a solo home run to left field to give Whittier an early 1-0 lead.
Whittier did their damage by way of the long ball as they hit their second home run of the game in the bottom of the second, this time off of the bat of Megan Heal as the Poets reclaimed the lead at 2-1.
The Sagehens went on to put a three spot on the scoreboard in the top of the third. Sophomore Kelsey Buchanan started out the scoring with an RBI double to right center to score senior Aryana Yee. Rodarte singled through the right side to bring home junior Bianca Cockrell and Boden drove home Buchannan to take a 4-2.
Pomona-Pitzer tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh as the Poets walked in one run and Boden and sophomore Sam Carlson brought in two more Sagehens to take a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Rodarte finished off the Poets in the seventh as the Sagehens took game one and had a win-and-in scenario for the SCIAC Tournament in game two of the double header.
The Sagehens had offensive woes in game two of the double header as they only cashed in on one run in five hits against the Poets.
Whittier scored first again in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice to take a 1-0l lead. The Poets broke the game open in the bottom of the third as they plated five runners two RBI doubles and a two-run home run to extend their lead to 6-0.
Pomona-Pitzer scored their only run of the game in the top of the fourth as Rodarte singled home Yee to cut the lead to 6-1.
The Sagehens could not mount a comeback in game two as they fell to the Poets and were eliminated from SCIAC Postseason contention. Pomona-Pitzer ended their season with a 14-26 overall record and went 11-17 in SCIAC play.