CLAREMONT, CA — Liz Rodarte shined in the circle allowing just one hit and the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team recorded their first shutout win of the season, beating the Willamette Bearcats 2-0 in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Season Impact: The Sagehens move to 7-17 overall this season. The Bearcats now sit at 9-9.
Rodarte, was stellar in the circle. The sophomore struck out ten batters and allowed just one hit in her complete game win. After walking the first batter of the day, Rodarte retired 21 of the next 23 batters.
This is the second time she has recorded double digit strikeouts this season. Rodarte struck out 11 batters in a game against Chapman earlier this year. She ranks second in the SCIAC with 60 strikeouts this season.
The Sagehens got on the board early, capitalizing off four hits in the bottom of the second inning. After Pomona-Pitzer opened the bottom half of the inning on back-to-back singles by Haylee Sindt and Sam Carlson, left fielder Sofia Baig laid down a sacrifice bunt to put the runners on second and third.
Marya Ornelas then got the Sagehens on the board with a single to left field that scored Sindt. Kristen Hong made it two runs with an infield single that scored Carlson, and that was all the Sagehens needed.
Game Two: Willamette 6, Pomona-Pitzer 3
Bianca Cockrell left the yard in the sixth inning and the Sagehens finished with ten hits, but the Willamette Bearcats rode a four-run third inning on their way to winning game two of Wednesday's doubleheader.
With Kendal Kipper on first pinch running for Olivia Campion who singled to start the inning, Bianca Cockrell crushed a pitch clear over the left center fence. The two-run bomb was Cockrell's third of the year and cut the Bearcats' lead to 6-3. Cockrell finished the day two for three at the plate.
Reynoso got the start for the Sagehens and pitched five inning in her outing. Cockrell stepped into the circle for the final two innings.
Next Game: The Sagehens return to SCIAC action this Saturday when they host Cal Lutheran in a doubleheader beginning at noon.