Doubleheader Thrillers End In Split Between Sagehens and Leopards

Doubleheader Thrillers End In Split Between Sagehens and Leopards

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team remains in the hunt for the top spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after splitting a doubleheader at home against the University of La Verne. The Hens split the series, winning a close battle in game one 2-1 before falling in the second game 4-3.

Season Impact: The Sagehens currently hold a 15-6-1 record overall and are 8-3-1 in the SCIAC. They are in second place in the SCIAC, just a half-game behind the Leopards.

Pomona-Pitzer def. La Verne 2-1

The Sagehens' defense had a fantastic game on the field to stifle the Leopards' offense, committing zero errors. Liz Rodarte pitched a complete game victory, fanning eight batters and surrendering only one run for her ninth win of the season. Olivia Campion went 2-for-3 with a run while Izzy Deatherage and Natalie Ireland had an RBI each.

In the top of the third, Rodarte gave up a lead off double to Sienna Kendricks. After Kendricks advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt, Rodarte managed to exit the inning unscathed, striking out the next two batters.

Rodarte continued to reel from the mound, holding the Leopards hitless from the fourth to sixth inning as the Hens held the lead. The Sagehens later gave Rodarte an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Campion opened up the inning with a line drive single to left field and later advanced to third in the next at-bat off an error from the second baseman. With runners in the corners, Izzy Deatherage laced a sacrifice fly to center field to advance Campion home, extending the lead 2-0.

The Leopards nearly mustered a comeback in the final inning. Katheryn Navarro led the inning off with a solo home run over the center field fence. Third baseman Campion snuffed out a grounder from the next batter to get the first out. After Angelica DeAngelo was hit by a pitch, Rodarte force a pop fly to short from Carly Condon for the second out. Final batter Melissa Garcia hit a fly out to left field to end the game.

La Verne def. Pomona-Pitzer 4-3

Olivia Campion continued to swing a hot bat against the La Verne Leopards, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs. Alondra Reynoso had a good game, but was unfortunate to take the loss, throwing six innings and giving up four runs.

Trouble almost brewed for the Sagehens in top of the 2nd inning when La Verne placed runners on first and second. However, Melissa Garcia of La Verne hit a grounder to third base. Campion fielded the ball cleanly, tagged the third base bag and fired a quick throw to first to convert the double play.  Reynoso forced the next batter into a ground out towards short to get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the third, with bases loaded and one out, Makensey Druckman hit a sacrifice fly to right field to advance a runner home, but Liz Rodarte was thrown out while trying to advance after the catch from second base.

The Leopards finally struck in the top of the sixth inning, rallying for four straight runs to take a 4-1 lead.

Campion tried to keep the Hens within striking distance in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and a runner on first, Campion crushed a home run ball to the opposite field to cut the lead 4-3. However, that was all the Hens' offense could muster as the Jiana Rojo came in relief for La Verne and earned a save.

Up Next: The Sagehens will host Willamette on Tuesday for a doubleheader, playing at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.