Softball: No. 16 Sagehens Battle to Two Close Losses Against No. 7 Williams

Softball: No. 16 Sagehens Battle to Two Close Losses Against No. 7 Williams

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team battled No. 7 Williams College on Sunday, ending the day with two toughly contested losses. After battling back and forth to a 6-5 loss in game one, the Sagehens fell 9-4 in the second game.

Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 16-7-1 overall this season.

Pomona-Pitzer 5, Williams 6

Kristen Hong and Izzy Deatherage did their best to keep the Sagehens' afloat with their effort at the plate, hitting a combined 5-for-8 with three RBIs, but the Ephs' production in the fifth and sixth inning proved to be the difference maker in the game.

The Ephs got on board early with a solo home run by Mara Kipnis in the top of the first, but Megan Otsuka responded with a solo shot over center field to tie the game. Later in the top of the third, Kipnis again launched a solo shot to put the Ephs ahead 2-1. However, in the bottom of the same inning, the Sagehens answered back when Izzy Deatherage hit a two-out RBI double to score Kristen Hong from second.

The Ephs regained the lead in the top of the fifth by adding two runs, but Deatherage kept the Sagehens within striking distance with an RBI single to cut the lead 4-3.

In the top of the sixth, the Ephs added more insurance with a two-run home run by Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano. The Sagehens tried to rally back with back-to-back RBI singles from Taylor Lehner and Hong, but their efforts fell short as Williams held on for the 6-5 victory.

Pomona-Pitzer 4, Williams 9

Taylor Lehner batted 3-for-3 while Olivia Campion 1-for-2 with three RBIs, all from a 3-run home run, but their efforts weren't enough to help the Sagehens get past Williams.

The Sagehens struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Izzy Deatherage laced a single up the middle to score Megan Otsuka from third.

However, the Ephs blew up with a six-run rally in the top of the second inning to lead 6-1.

In the bottom of the third inning, with two outs and runners on the corners, Olivia Campion drilled a towering shot over the left field fence to cut the deficit to two runs.

The Ephs added three more runs the in the top of the fifth inning and they held on as the game was called due to sunset.

Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Thousand Oaks, California to face SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran University on Friday, March 29 at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.