WHITTIER, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team split a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) double header at Whittier with an 8-2 loss in game one and a 4-3 win in game two on Saturday afternoon at Palmer Field.
Season Impact: With the split, the Sagehens move to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play while the Poets go to 5-5 overall and suffer their first conference loss and drop to 3-1.
The Poets were led by Hayley Wishner, Rebecca Barber and Brianna Alvarez who each went 2-3 in the win for the Poets.
The Sagehens got on the board first in game one as they struck in the top of the first as Deatherage doubled down the left field line to score Kristen Hong to take an early 1-0 lead over the Poets.
The Sagehens held the lead until Whittier scored in the bottom of the fourth as they connected on two RBI singles in the inning that each scored two runs as the Poets took over the lead at 4-2.
Pomona-Pitzer came back to cut the lead down to one after Deatherage hit her second RBI double of the game but the Poets exploded for another four-run inning in the bottom of the sixth with two RBI doubles and a RBI single to push the lead to 8-2 and sealed game one for the Poets.
The Poets were led by Kacey Whitney who went 3-4 with a run scored in the loss for Whittier.
Rodarte came in for a relief role as she recorded the win for the Sagehens in three innings as she gave up no runs and recorded two striekouts.
The Sagehens got on top in the top of the first as Cockrell brought home freshman Marya Ornelas on a groundball to the shortstop to take a 1-0 lead. Rodarte doubled that lead as she followed up with a solo shot to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead.
Whittier quickly erased the 2-0 deficit as Ahern smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the first as the score went even 2-2 after one inning.
Pomona-Pitzer kept the long ball working in the top of the third as Cockrell blasted a solo shot to reclaim the lead for the Sagehens at 3-2.
The Poets came back and tied the game in the bottom of the fifth after a RBI single by Troutman brought home Rodriguez as the score went tied again at 3-3.
Rodarte came back up in the top of the sixth and hit her second solo home run of the game and the first multi-home run game of her career as she gave Pomona-Pitzer the 4-3 advantage late and pushed the Sagehens past the Poets for a win in game two of the double header.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a double header on Saturday, March 11th at 12:00 p.m.