LOS ANGELES, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer softball team came out of Saturday undefeated, winning the first game of the doubleheader against Occidental College 4-0, before drawing in extra innings 4-4 in the second game which will be continued on April 13. Liz Rodarte pitched phenomenally in the first game, throwing 11 strikeouts in a complete game shutout victory.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 4-1-1 record overall and 2-1-1 in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Occidental 4-0
The Sagehens struck early in the top of the first inning, with bases loaded and one out, Deatherage hit a single to left field for an RBI. Druckman followed with a two-run RBI double to center field to give the Sagehens a 3-0 lead.
As Rodarte continued to mow down batters, the Sagehens tried to add more insurance runs. It was not until the top of the seventh when Deatherage scored Kendal Kipper from third with an RBI single to pad the lead. In the bottom of the seventh with a runner on second and one out, Rodarte ended the game with a strikeout and a fly out to earn her third win of the season.
Pomona-Pitzer ties Occidental 4-4 (9th Inning)
The Sagehens were hit with misfortune in the second game of the doubleheader, nearly coming away with the victory, only to see the Tigers rally back in the late innings to keep the game at draw. Liz Rodarte made some fireworks at the plate, hitting 2-for-5 with a two-run homerun while Kendal Kipper went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
The Tigers struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Mackensie Priley hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in a runner from third. The Sagehens tied the game when Makensey Druckman capitalized on a passed ball and ran home from third to make it 1-1.
At the top of the fourth inning with a runner on first, Rodarte crushed a two-run bomb to give the Sagehens a 3-1 lead. The Sagehens later added an insurance run in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI single from Kipper.
The Tigers' offense woke up in the bottom of the sixth when Madison Romero took advantage of runners on second and third by hitting a single to right center to cut the deficit 4-3. Alexis Funaki followed with an RBI double to tie the game.
The Sagehens almost took back the lead, as singles from Michelle Calcany Blair and Rodarte put runners on the corner in the top of the seventh. However, Alexis Funaki remained sharp on the mound for the Tigers and retired the next two batters to keep the game tied. Neither side managed to threaten in the following two innings as the came got called after the ninth for a draw.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to the University of Redlands to take on the Bulldogs in a doubleheader on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.