Softball: Hong's Four RBIs Lead Sagehens To Hiram Sweep

Softball: Hong's Four RBIs Lead Sagehens To Hiram Sweep

CLAREMONT, CA. – Friday afternoon ended with a victorious sweep for the Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team as they won two games against Hiram College. The Sagehens shutout the Terriers in the first game 8-0 and took the second game 6-3.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 9-2-1 record overall.

Pomona-Pitzer 8, Hiram 0

The Sagehens' offense brought problems to the Terriers' pitching in the first game, collecting 10 hits. Izzy Deatherage led the offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs, and a home run. Kristen Hong had a flawless game at the plate as well, hitting 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs. Liz Rodarte was stellar on the mound, pitching four shutout innings with seven strikeouts, while Paige Blackwell threw three innings of one-run ball.

The Terriers ran into trouble in the bottom of the second inning with runners on first and second when Katy Hurley laced an RBI single down the right field line to give the Sagehens the lead. After Makensey Druckman was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Hong drilled a line drive to center field to bring in two runs. Liz Rodarte finished the rally with an RBI double to left center to make it 6-0.

Druckman added to the lead with a solo homerun over left field in the bottom of the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Izzy Deatherage made it 8-0 with another solo shot over left field.

Blackwell entered the game in the fifth to preserve the victory. Despite struggling in her first inning, the first year held the Terriers scoreless in the sixth and seventh inning.

Pomona-Pitzer 6, Hiram 3

Hong continued her hot-hitting in the second game of the doubleheader, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run against the Terriers. Alondra Reynoso threw 4.1 innings with only two runs charged against her for the victory while Julia Carreon recorded her first career save with 2.2 shutout innings.

The Sagehens jumped to an early lead in the first inning as Karina Falkstrom drilled a double to center field to score Hong from first. With two outs and Falkstrom on second, Druckman brought her home with an RBI single to center. Taylor Lehner ended the rally with a double to center to make it 3-0.

The Terriers had a scoring opportunity in the top of the second when a walk and a single placed runners in scoring position. However, the next batter, Mariah Sheffield, grounded into a double play as Deatherage flipped a grounder to Hong who then threw Sheffield out on a quick turn.

Later in the bottom of the second inning, Rodarte added some insurance with a solo home run over center field to extend the lead 4-0.

Hong continued to pad the lead in the bottom of the fourth when she drilled a double to left center to bring in a runner from second base.

The Terriers managed to rally in the fifth inning, scoring three runs to close the deficit. However, in the bottom of the sixth, Hong put the Sagehens back up by three after a sacrifice fly. Carreon pitched phenomenally in relief in the final two innings, retiring six of the next eight batters to earn the save.

Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Redlands, California tomorrow to face SCIAC opponent University of Redlands at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.