Softball: Sagehens Lose Two To Occidental To Even Series

Softball: Sagehens Lose Two To Occidental To Even Series

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team were dealt two tough home losses to Occidental College on Friday afternoon, falling 4-2 in game one and 14-3 in the second game. Prior to the two games, the Sagehens and the Tigers continued their tied game from February 24, picking up from the 10th inning. The Hens managed to secure a 12-5 win from the continued game. 

Season Impact: After the three played games, the Sagehens are now 24-8 overall this season and 15-5 in the SCIAC.

Pomona-Pitzer def. Occidental 12-5 (Continuing from 2/24, 10 innings)

The Sagehens' offense blew the game at the top of the 10th inning in their continuation game from February 24, putting up seven runs to take a 12-4 lead.

Kendall Kipper was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded to put a run on board and Baleigh McCuskey followed with an RBI single. The Hens got their seventh run off a wild pitch and Kristen Hong laced an RBI sinlge to left to make it 8-4. Liz Rodarte and Izzy Deatherage had back-to-back RBI singles with one out and Makensey Druckman closed the rally with a two-out single to take a 12-4 lead.

With a runner on second, the Tigers managed to score a run off an error to cut the deficit 12-5. However, after giving up a single, Rodarte managed to shut down the next three batters to secure the victory.

Occidental def. Pomona-Pitzer 4-2

The Tigers snapped the Sagehens' eight-game winning streak with a 4-2 win in the first half of the doubleheader. Izzy Deatherage went 2-for-3 with a run and Natalie Ireland went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

At the top of the second, the Tigers got on board first thanks to a two-out RBI triple by Kira Elliot followed by an RBI single from Natalie Glover. Later in the fourth inning, Alexis Funaki led off with a solo home run to extend the lead 4-0.

The Sagehens some brilliant defense in the top of the fifth inning. With one out and a runner on second, Mackensie Priley hit a single to center field for the Tigers to advance the runner. However, Michelle Calcany Blair was not having any of it, hurling a precise throw from center field to home as Karina Falkstrom tagged out the runner. Olivia Campion snuffed out the following batter with a well-fielded grounder to end the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Sagehens finally put up a couple runs, courtesy of Natalie Ireland. With two outs and runners on second and third, Ireland lined a single to left field to cut the deficit in half. However, that was all the offense the Sagehens could muster as they were were shutout in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

Occidental def. Pomona-Pitzer 14-3 (6 Innings)

The second game did not go well for the Sagehens as Occidental won the second game by a lopsided 14-3. Kristen Hong went 2-for-4 while Baileigh McCuskey went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

The Tigers' offense caught fire in the second game of the doubleheader, erupting for three runs in the top of the first inning and adding one more in the second.

The Sagehens cut the lead in half thanks to a one-out RBI double by McCuskey followed by a fielding error hit by Olivia Campion to make it 4-2.

Occidental came out in the third to solidify their lead, erupting with a five-run rally to take a 9-2 lead. They added four more runs in the sixth inning to ensure a mercy-rule victory.

Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to University of La Verne tomorrow, April 14 to take on the Leopards at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.