CLAREMONT, CA — Liz Rodarte pitched a gem and came through with a big hit, leading the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team to a 4-2 win over Williams College Friday afternoon.
Rodarte got the start in the circle and impressed early, striking out four batters through the first two innings. The sophomore finished the game with six strikeouts, moving her season total to 50 and ranking her second in the SCIAC .
Rodarte earned the complete game win, allowing zero earned runs in the outing.
The Sagehens took the lead early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Emily Rockhill at third and Sam Carlson at first, freshman Marya Ornelas laid down a bunt single to load the bases and bring up Rodarte. The sophomore lined a shot to right center to clear the bases and give Pomona-Pitzer a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Ephs cut the deficit to two on a RBI single by Casey Pelz. But, second baseman Kristen Hong helped stop the bleeding by making a spectacular diving catch on a hard shot to the right side, saving at least one run.
Pomona-Pitzer added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth after designated player Haylee Sindt got on with an infield single that put pinch runner Maddy Kim at third. Junior Sam Carlson then brought Kim home with a single to left field.
Carlson finished the game with two hits. Bianca Cockrell and Rockhill each added a hit of their own.
Game Two: Williams 2, Pomona-Pitzer 1
The Sagehens took the opening lead but couldn't generate enough offense late, falling in the second game of the doubleheader against the Ephs.
Catcher Baleigh McCuskey scored the lone run for Pomona-Pitzer. With the sophomore leading off in the bottom of the third inning, she crushed a pitch clear over the right field fence for a solo home run to give the Sagehens the opening lead. The long ball was the first in McCuskey's career.
The Ephs tied the game in the fourth when Riley Salvo hit into a fielder's choice and Kristina Alvarado beat the throw at the plate. Williams took the lead the next inning when Jessica Kim hit a RBI single.
Freshman pitcher Alondra Reynoso did well in her start, pitching the second complete game of her career.
Liz Rodarte made a nice defensive play in the top of the third inning, snagging a hard line drive hit at her and beating the runner back to first base for the unassisted double play.
Season Impact: The Sagehens move to 6-14 overall this season. Williams now sits at 5-5.
Next Game: Pomona-Pitzer returns to SCIAC play tomorrow when they travel to Occidental to face the Tigers in a doubleheader at Bell Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon.