CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team made history on Sunday afternoon, winning two games in Sunday's doubleheader against University of Redlands to exceed their highest win total in program history. The Sagehens rode on the coattails of Alondra Reynoso's complete game performance to a 6-1 victory. They followed with a 9-7 slugfest win that was carried by the hot bats of Karina Falkstrom and Izzy Deatherage.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 23-6-1 record overall and 14-3-1 in the SCIAC. They maintain their first-place spot in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Redlands 6-1
Reynoso pitched seven innings and surrendered only one-run for her eighth win of the season, striking out five batters and scattering only three hits. Izzy Deatherage went 2-for-2 with a run and RBI while Makensey Druckman went 1-for-2 with three RBIs.
The Sagehens struck early in the bottom of the first inning, thanks to some smart base-running. With runners on second and third with one out, Deatherage slapped a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in one run.
The Bulldogs struck back in the top of the third inning, when Ursyla Baumgarten hit a home run to left center to tie the game.
The Hens wasted little time to take back the lead, loaded the bases in the bottom of the same inning. Only Druckman was able to capitalize on the opportunity, drawing a walk to bring one home to give the Hens a 2-1 lead.
Kristen Hong flashed the some fancy glove work in the top of the fifth inning, diving backwards to snag a fly ball hit by Olivia Vierra in the right field grass to led off the inning. Hong followed by snatching a soft line drive to get the second out. After issuing a walk to Baumgarten, Reynoso got out of the inning by striking out Jennifer Ng.
The bats came to life once again for the Sagehens in the bottom of the sixth inning, as they broke out for four more insurance runs. Karina Falkstrom led off with a solo shot to left center for her third home run of the season. With two outs, the Sagehens managed to load the bases. With Druckman at the plate, Olivia Campion ran from third to home on a passed ball to extend the lead. Then Druckman followed with a towering double to left center to clear the bases and give the Hens a 6-1 lead.
Reynoso closed out the game, inducing a fly out and striking out the final two batters for the victory.
Pomona-Pitzer def. Redlands 9-7
Falkstrom and Deatherage provided the fireworks in the second game of the doubleheader, powering the Sagehens' offense to a dominating victory. Kristen Hong went 3-for-4 with two runs while Falkstrom 2-for-3 with a run and five RBI, including a grand slam. It was the third consecutive game Falkstrom hit a home run. Deatherage also went over the fence, going 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs, and three RBIs.
The Bulldogs struck first in the opening frame, putting a runner on third for Samantha Rivas to lace a double down the left field line to get the first run of the game. The Sagehens responded swiftly when Druckman hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field to score a runner from third to tie the game at one apiece.
In the top of the third, the Bulldogs took back the lead, putting runners on the corners with one out. Ursyla Baumgarten hit a soft groundout back to the mound to bring in one run to put themselves up 2-1.
Once again, the Hens retaliated. With the bases loaded and two outs, Falkstrom pulled an inside fastball over the left field fence for a grand slam, putting the Hens ahead 5-2.
Later in the bottom of the fourth inning, Deatherage padded the lead with a three-run bomb over the opposite field to extend the lead 8-2. Later in the same inning, with runners on first and second and two outs, Falkstrom singled in a run to make it 9-2.
In the top of the sixth inning, Ireland had herself a web gem, catching a foul fly right before the ball hit the backstop fence, placing her glove up high in front of the fence to get the first out. However, Rodarte ran into trouble after getting two outs when the Bulldogs rallied off a single, walk, and another single. With the bases loaded, Nova Niegel lined a single to center field to bring in one run, cutting the deficit 9-3. Then, Shannon Skrzynski followed with a grand slam of her own to cut the lead to two.
The Sagehens looked to add some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, but were held scoreless. However, Rodarte regained her composure, getting a quick 1-2-3 inning in the seventh for her 13th win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host Occidental College for a doubleheader on Friday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.