CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team split their doubleheader against Piedmont on Friday evening, riding a no-hitter performance by Liz Rodarte for a 3-0 victory before falling 5-0 in the second match. It was the second career no-hitter for the senior as Rodarte fanned 13 batters with no walks for her fourth win of the season. Kristen Hong had a solid showing at the plate, going 3-for-5 in the doubleheader with one run and an RBI.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 6-3-1 record overall and 3-2-1 in SCIAC play.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Piedmont 3-0
Rodarte got off to a slightly shaky start, hitting Mariann Kennison in the first inning with one out. Although Kennison stole second base, Rodarte avoided trouble by striking out the next two batters. She followed up with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the second to keep the Lions silent.
In the bottom of the second inning, Makensey Druckman launched a home run over left center to put the first run of the game for the Hens.
The Lions almost threated in the top of the third, as TK Sauls reached second on an error. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, Sauls remained where she was as Rodarte forced a pop fly and a strikeout to get out of the jam.
The Sagehens struck again in the bottom of the fifth inning. With Baleigh McCuskey on first and one out, Kristen Hong smacked a triple to score the run. After reaching first on a short single, Michelle Calcany Blair disrupted the middle infielders on the base paths on a steal attempt and Hong stole home to make it 3-0.
Rodarte closed out the seventh inning with two strikeouts and a pop fly to complete the win.
Piedmont def. Pomona-Pitzer 5-0
The Sagehens struggled to maintain momentum in the second match, being held scoreless against a resilient Becca Eddins and Lions defense. Pomona-Pitzer managed string several run-scoring opportunities, but could not capitalize despite making solid contact with the ball, seeing several hits bullet straight into the Lions' gloves.
The Lions jumped to an early lead in the first inning as Josie Coker singled in a runner from third to go up 1-0. They later came through with four more runs in the third inning. Alondra Reynoso pitched in relief during the third inning and managed to quiet the Lions' offense for the remainder of the game.
In the bottom of the third with runners on first and second, Rodarte looked to get the Hens their first runs of the game, but her well-hit line drive lasered into the shortstop's glove to end the inning. Later in the bottom of the fifth, McCuskey advanced to third with two outs, but Missy Pekarek couldn't capitalize with a fly ball to shortstop to end the inning.
The Lions held on to split the series.
Up Next: Due to rain in the forecast, the Sagehens moved their doubleheader against Whittier College to an earlier time. The two teams will play tomorrow, March 10 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.