CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team continues to reel after sweeping the Whittier College Poets on Saturday afternoon. The Sagehens managed to overcome a four-run deficit in game one to win 8-7 and followed with a clinical 5-1 victory in game two. Alondra Reynoso was fabulous in the circle, throwing 6.1 total innings and earning a save and a win. She also had a big day at the plate, hitting 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs. Megan Otsuka continues to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-8 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 20-7-1 record overall and are 12-4 in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer 8, Whittier 7
Alondra Reynoso earned her sixth win of the season after pitching 3.1 innings in relief for the Sagehens, surrendering only two runs. Megan Otsuka batted 2-for-5 with a two-run home run while Kristen Hong also went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs.
The Poets jumped to an early lead, putting two runs in the top of the first. It wasn't until the bottom of the third inning when the Sagehens answered back when Olivia Campion came to bat with two outs and bases loaded when she blooped an infield single to cut the deficit in half.
Whittier managed to extend the lead to 5-1 after hitting three straight RBI doubles. The Sagehens responded in the bottom of the same inning. With two outs and a runner on first, Otsuka sent the ball over the right field fence to cut the Poets' lead 5-3.
The Sagehens rallied again in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. Baleigh McCuskey managed to lace an RBI single down the middle of the plate with runners on first and second. Later with two outs, Kristen Hong reached on an error by the first base while the runner on second advanced home.
In the top of the sixth, the Poets added two more runs to retake the lead. However, the Sagehens demonstrated their resilience in the bottom of the same inning. With one out and a runner on first, Taylor Lehner came in to pinch hit and made the most of her opportunity, lacing a double down the left field line to bring the Sagehens within one. After the following batter flied out, Reynoso flashed her skills with the bat, hitting a double to left center to tie the game.
Reynoso quieted the Poets' offense in the final inning, retiring three of the next four batters. In the bottom of the seventh, the Sagehens clinched the victory thanks to a tremendous at-bat by Liz Rodarte. With one out and runners on second and third, Rodarte hit a pop fly to right field and managed to bring in the winning run when the Poets' second base and right fielder collided on a misread.
Pomona-Pitzer 5, Whittier 1
Liz Rodarte threw four innings and had zero earned runs for her 12th win of the season while Reynoso threw three shutout relief innings. Megan Otsuka had another remarkable hitting performance, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
The Poets took advantage of a throwing error on a stolen base attempt to score the first run of the game. However, with a runner on first, Otsuka quickly took the lead with a laser over the left field fence to make it 2-1 for the Sagehens.
Rodarte battled for three straight innings to keep the Poets limited to one run. In the top of the third, Whittier managed to load the bases with two outs, but Rodarte kept her composure and caught Jade Sanchez looking with a strikeout to escape the jam.
The Sagehens finally blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth with one out and runners on second and third when Alondra Reynoso drilled a double to center field to bring in two runs. Baleigh McCuskey tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single to make it 5-1.
Reynoso kept the Poets scoreless in the top of the seventh, escaping a bases-loaded jam by inducing a groundout to clinch the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Eagle Rock, CA to face SCIAC opponent Occidental College on Saturday, April 6 at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.