Softball: Big Production By Megan Otsuka Secure Cal Lutheran Sweep

Softball: Big Production By Megan Otsuka Secure Cal Lutheran Sweep

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball program swept through the Cal Lutheran Regals on Friday afternoon, winning both games via mercy rule. The Sagehens took the first game 8-0 in five innings and later dominated through a 14-5 victory in six innings in the second game. Liz Rodarte earned two wins that day, reaching 10 total wins this season. She pitched 10 total innings and throwing 17 strikeouts. Megan Otsuka batted 6-for-8 total with four RBIs and four runs.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 18-7-1 record overall and 10-4 in the SCIAC.

Pomona-Pitzer 8, Cal Lutheran 0 (5 Innings)

Liz Rodarte was lights out in the circle as she guided the Sagehens to a dominating mercy rule victory in the first half of the doubleheader. The senior threw five shutout innings with nine strikeouts while allowing only one hit. First year Megan Otsuka had a solid game at the plate, hitting 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, while Hannah Brajkovich went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run.

The Sagehens did all of their damage in the first inning. With one out and runners on first and second, Izzy Deatherage a single down the middle of the field to give the Sagehens an early lead. After a walk by Karina Falkstrom, Olivia Campion took advantage with a line drive single to left field to score two and extend the lead 3-0. After Makensey Druckman walked to load the bases, Baleigh McCuskey followed with a single and then Brajkovich hit a two-RBI double to left center to make it 6-0. With two outs and runners on second and third, Otsuka capped the rally with a two-run double to left field to make it 8-0.

Rodarte cruised through the first four innings, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters, giving up one walk. She later gave up a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth inning, but retired the next three of four batters to close out the game.

Pomona-Pitzer 14, Cal Lutheran 5 (6 Innings)

The senior Rodarte once again played hero in the circle, throwing five innings of shutout relief and collecting six strikeouts for her second win of the day. At the plate, Otsuka batted 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs, while Izzy Deatherage went 2-for-5 with a game-high five RBIs and a home run.

The Sagehens struck first in the top of the first inning when Deatherage crushed a home run to center field with runners on second and third to give the Sagehens a 3-0 lead. Later in the top of the second with two outs and runners on second and third, Otsuka laced a line drive single to left field to extend the lead 4-0. Later, Deatherage added more insurance with a bases loaded walk to make it 5-0.

The Regals' offense came to life in the bottom of the second, breaking out for five runs. Rodarte entered the game to stop the rally and kept the game tied at five apiece.

Michelle Calcany Blair helped the Sagehens take back the lead in the top of the third inning when she hit a hard single past the second baseman with to score the runner from second. Later in the top of the fourth, the Sagehens rallied for four runs, capped by another RBI single from Calcany Blair to take a commanding 10-5 lead.

After tacking on an extra run off an RBI single by Karina Falkstrom in the top of the fifth, the Sagehens put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth with a three-run rally, including back-to-back RBI doubles from Katy Hurley and Otsuka. Otsuka later scored on an error to cap the rally. Rodarte proceeded to strike out the side to clinch the victory in the bottom of the sixth.

Up Next: The Sagehens will return home tomorrow to host SCIAC opponent Whittier College at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.