CLAREMONT, CA — The Sagehens scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, winning their first SCIAC game 4-1 against the Chapman Panthers Sunday afternoon.
Starting pitcher Bianca Cockrell helped her own cause bringing in Missy Pekarek on a single to center field. After Izzy Deatherage singled to get on, Natalie Ireland singled to left field to bring in Cockrell and place the score at 2-0.
Kristen Hong finished off the inning with a single to left of her own to bring Deatherage across the plate.
With the Panthers threatening in the top of the seventh with runners on first and second and the tying run at the plate, Deatherage made a incredible diving stop to her right and flicked the ball to third baseman Olivia Campion to help end the threat. Pitcher Alondra Reynoso forced the next batter to fly out to center fielder Marya Ornelas to end the game.
Cockrell went four innings in her outing finishing with two strikeouts, no earned runs, and the win. Reynoso picked up the save.
Hong, Detherage, and Ornelas each finished the game with two hits and one RBI.
Game One: Chapman 4, Sagehens 1 (8 Innings)
Liz Rodarte struck out 11 and went the distance, but the Panthers exploded for three runs in the top of the eighth to take game one of the doubleheader.
Rodarte did her part offensively as well totalling two hits. The Sagehens, who finished with six hits in the game, made solid contact often but couldn't find any gaps in the Chapman defense.
Amber Perez led Chapman with two hits and two RBI.
Season Impact: The Sagehens begin SCIAC play 1-1 and move to 3-3 overall.
Chapman now sits at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in SCIAC play.
Next Game: The Sagehens continue SCIAC play next Saturday when they host the La Verne Leopards in a doubleheader beginning at noon.