Softball: Rodarte's Hot Bat Leads Sagehens To Tigers Sweep

Softball: Rodarte's Hot Bat Leads Sagehens To Tigers Sweep

EAGLE ROCK, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team continue to reel, sweeping the Occidental College Tigers on Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader. The Sagehens shutout the Tigers in their first game 11-0 and followed with a 12-6 win in the second game. Liz Rodarte earned her 13th win of the season and pitched 10.1 innings with 10 strikeouts without surrendering a single run. She also had a big day at the plate, hitting a combined 5-for-7 with six RBIs and four runs.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 21-7-1 record overall and 13-4 in the SCIAC.

Pomona-Pitzer 11, Occidental 0

Liz Rodarte pitched a complete game shutout in the first half of the doubleheader, striking out six batters and surrendering only two hits. She also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs at the plate. Makensey Druckman went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, with both hits being home runs.  

The Sagehens wasted little time to take the lead when Liz Rodarte hit an RBI single in the first inning to bring home Kristen Hong.

Later in the third inning, the Sagehens rallied for four more runs thanks to an RBI double by Izzy Deatherage and a sacrifice fly by Karina Falkstrom. Druckman belted a two-run home run to extend the lead 5-0.

The Tigers struggled get their offense and Rodarte blanked them out from the circle. The Sagehens put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh with a huge six-run rally. Rodarte collected a two-run double and Izzy Deatherage followed with an RBI double of her own. Katy Hurley came in to pinch-hit and also blasted an RBI double to score Deatherage. Druckman ended the rally with a two-run blast to make it 11-0.

Pomona-PItzer 12, Occidental 6

The Sagehens came back from a three-run deficit to earn another dominating victory against the Tigers. Julia Carreon threw 3.1 innings of relief for the victory while Liz Rodarte closed out the final 3.1 inning and threw four strikeouts. Rodarte batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs, and a home run, while Izzy Deatherage went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run.

The Tigers pounced quickly in the first inning, putting up three runs. The Sagehens settled and quieted the Tigers offense for the next three innings as they played catch-up.

In the top of the third with runners on first and third, Deatherage launched a three-run home run to tie the game. Later in the top of the fourth, the Sagehens rallied again when Megan Otsuka hit a two-out RBI double to take a 4-3 lead. Rodarte followed with a two-run home run to extend the lead and later Karina Falkstrom slapped an RBI single to put the Sagehens way ahead 7-3.

The Tigers battled back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs cut the deficit to one run. However, the Sagehens stretched out the lead again in the top of the fifth inning. Kristen Hong drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in a run and Otsuka followed with an RBI groundout to make it 9-6. Rodarte continued the damage with an RBI single and Campion slapped an RBI single to left field to extend the lead 11-6. The Sagehens' final run of the inning came off a passed ball to score Rodarte from third.

Rodarte proceeded to shutout the Tigers the next three innings, holding them hitless to seal the victory.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host cross-street rival No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday, April 12 at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.