CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team completed a season sweep against the University of Redlands Bulldogs, taking a thrilling 11-8 victory in game one and dominating 7-3 in the second match. Katy Hurley had a solid day with the bat, hitting 4-for-6 with a home run and five RBIs while Izzy Deatherage went 4-for-6 as well with four RBIs. Julia Carreon pitched her first career complete game victory in the second game of the series.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 25-8-1 record overall and 17-5 in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer 11, Redlands 8
The Sagehens emerged victorious in their slugfest against the Redlands Bulldogs, winning off a go-ahead three-run home run by Makensey Druckman in the bottom of the sixth inning. Druckman, Izzy Deatherage, and Katy Hurley each batted 2-for-3 with three RBIs while Kristen Hong went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Paige Blackwell pitched two innings of relief and surrendered only one run to earn the victory.
Pomona-Pitzer took the early lead in the bottom of the first. With runners on first and third, Izzy Deatherage laced an RBI single down the middle to make it 1-0. Katy Hurley with a three-run home run, her second of the season to extend the lead 4-0.
The Sagehens struck again in the bottom of the second inning when Olivia Campion laced a line drive that bounced off the left fielder's glove and over the left field fence for a solo homerun. Later with two outs and runners on second and third, Deatherage hit a base-clearing single to left field to extend the lead 7-0.
The Bulldogs rallied back in the top of the third with five runs. However, Liz Rodarte managed to navigate out of the jam, by getting the last batter swinging for the third out. It was Rodarte's 500th career strikeout as she became the first pitcher in Sagehens softball history to reach this historic feat.
Kristen Hong added some insurance to the Sagehens' lead, hitting a bases-loaded RBI single to pad the advantage 8-5.
In the top of the fifth, the Sagehens ran into a jam with one out and runners on first and second base. However, the following batter, Desiree Moran, grounded to the right side towards Hong. Hong tagged the runner and calmly threw out Moran for the quick double play.
The Bulldogs later tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, adding three runs. However, the Sagehens refused to be in a deadlock with the Bulldogs. In the bottom of the sixth, the Sagehens put runners on the corners and Druckman sent them home on a towering homerun over the left field fence to extend the lead 11-8.
The Bulldogs almost threatened in the top of the seventh, with one out and runners on first and second, but the Sagehens escaped the inning when Samantha Rivas grounded into a double play as Campion tagged third and threw Rivas out at first.
Pomona-Pitzer 7, Redlands 3
The Sagehens relied on timely hitting and excellent defense to complete their sweep against Redlands in the second game. Julia Carreon pitched her first complete game, going seven innings with a strikeout and surrendering only three runs for her third win of the season. At the plate, Hannah Brajkovich went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run while Katy Hurley continued her streaky hitting with a 2-for-4 day with two RBIs.
Once again, the Sagehens jumped to an early lead thanks to Deatherage's hot-hitting. With runners on first and second, Deatherage slapped a single down the middle to bring in one run. After the baserunners advanced on a passed ball, Kate Hurley drilled an opposite field single to bring in two runs.
The Bulldogs threatened, drawing a two-out bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, but Julia Carreon got out of the jam thanks to some superb defense by her teammates. Jordyn Smith hit a line drive to right field, but Hannah Brajkovich threw her out at first to end the inning.
The Sagehens added insurance in the bottom of the third inning, with one out and runners on first and second. Brajkovich pulled a line drive to the right field corner for a double to bring in one run. Carreon followed with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead 5-1.
The Sagehens added pressure in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases off two singles and a walk. Campion was hit by a pitch to draw in one run and Otsuka followed with a walk to pad the lead 7-1.
The Bulldogs scored again in the top of the sixth when a runner on third tagged up on a wild pitch, but that was all the damage they would induce as Carreon got out of the inning off groundouts.
In the top of the seventh and runners in the corners, Carreon limited damage by inducing a double play groundout as Hong flipped the ball to Deatherage who then threw out the batter at first. Carreon sealed the victory by fielding a comeback grounder.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Orange, CA next Saturday, April 20 at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. as they face Chapman University.