CLAREMONT, CA. – For the first time since 2012, the Pomona-Pitzer Softball program won two games in a row against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at home, moving up to second place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings in the process. The Sagehens won the first game in thrilling fashion, clinching the game 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a walk off RBI single from junior Liz Rodarte. They followed up with a close 3-2 victory thanks to a solid pitching performance from Alondra Reynoso and some timely hitting by Makensey Druckman.
Season Impact: The Sagehens currently hold a 14-5-1 record overall and 7-2-1 SCIAC record. They sit in second place in the SCIAC behind University of La Verne.
Pomona-Pitzer def. CMS 5-4
Rodarte pitch a complete game victory for her eighth win of the season, striking out seven and having three earned runs. She also had two RBI at the plate while Kristen Hong went 2-for-3 with three runs.
The Sagehens struck first in the bottom of the first. After Kristin Hong reached third on a triple to deep right field, Liz Rodarte capitalized by hitting a hard grounder that was bobbled by the pitcher to advance Hong to home.
With runners on second and third, Chloe Amarilla laced a double to left center to give the Athenas the lead. CMS persistently tried to stay in the zone against Rodarte, managing to load the bases. However, the senior escaped the jam, striking out Kawaii Scanlan to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Sagehens tied it up. After Izzy Deatherage doubled to right field and advanced to third on a fly out, Natalie Ireland hit a hard grounder to short to advance her home.
The Athenas took back the lead shortly in the 5th inning. Putting runners on first and second, Amarilla laced a single to bring home a runner and take a 3-2 lead.
However, in the bottom of the fifth, Olivia Campion put the Sagehens back ahead. With one out and a runner on first, Campion crushed an inside fastball over the left field fence to take a 4-3 lead.
Dramatics ensued in the top of the sixth inning when the Athenas scored on a fielding error, but with a runner on third, Ireland nailed a pickoff throw to third to eliminate the run-scoring threat. Rodarte struck out the next batter to close out the inning.
With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh, the Sagehens took advantage over closing pitcher Megan Perron, placing runners on second and third. With one out, Rodarte lasered a line drive single to left field to bring in the winning run and clutch the victory.
Pomona-Pitzer def. CMS 3-2
Alondra Reynoso pitched a complete game victory, throwing four strikeouts and being handed one earned run for her sixth win of the season. Makensey Druckman provided all of the offense for the Sagehens in the second game, producing two RBIs and scoring off a passed ball.
Reynoso looked sharp at the start of the game, forcing the Athenas offense into groundouts and pop flies for four scoreless innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Reynoso got some run support when Sagehens had runners on first and second and Mackenzie Druckman smacked a double to right field to give the Hens a 2-0 lead. Druckman later advanced to third on a single by Ireland and scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0.
The Athenas tried to chip away at the Hens' lead, scoring on an error with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth. Later with runners on second and third in the top of the sixth, Jessica Fox hit an RBI single to bring the Athenas within one. However, Reynoso forced a foul fly to Kylie Hetzel to get out of the inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Athenas tried to rally back, but some timely stops by the Hens' defense put the game away. With one out and a runner on first, Molly Spaniac laced a screaming grounder up the middle but Izzy Deatherage made a huge diving stop and threw out the runner at second. The shortstop later fielded another hard grounder from Carly Roleder for the final out to win the game.
Up Next: The Sagehens will play their makeup doubleheader against first-place University of La Verne tomorrow at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Wig Beach Field.