CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team concluded the regular season with a senior day celebration on Saturday afternoon. Before playing their doubleheader against Chapman University, the Sagehens honored Kelsey Buchanan, Natalie Ireland, Missy Pekarek, Haylee Sindt, Sam Carlson, and Emily Rockhill for their contribution and commitment to the softball program. Unfortunately, the rest of the afternoon did not go as the Hens would like, dropping both games to the Panthers.
Season Impact: The Sagehens conclude the regular season with a 26-14 record overall with a 17-11 record in the SCIAC. They finish the season in third place in the conference table and will be playing in the SCIAC Tournament next weekend for the third time in program history.
Chapman def. Pomona-Pitzer 7-5
The Sagehens came out on the short end of Saturday's slugfest against the Panthers, falling on a late-inning rally 7-5. Olivia Campion went 3-for-4 with two runs while Izzy Deatherage went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run.
The Panthers struck first thanks to a Michaela Foisy inside-the-park home run and an RBI single by Elizabeth Runge.
In the bottom of the first inning, Liz Rodarte loaded the bases with a single and Deatherage followed with an opposite field home run to give the Hens a 3-2 lead.
Runge later tied the game for Chapman in the top of the third, but the Hens responded in the same inning as Mackensey Druckman laced an RBI single to center field to put the Hens ahead. Ireland drove in Druckman in the following at-bat with a single to make it 5-3.
The Panthers responded by tacking on a run in the fifth and sixth inning to tie the game.
Later in the seventh inning, Chapman rallied for two runs and held on to win the first contest.
Chapman def. Pomona-Pitzer 7-2
The Panthers' offense continued where it left off, putting on a run in the top of the second inning and scoring two more in the third to build a 3-0 lead.
Later in the top of the fourth inning, the Panthers rallied for three more to extend their lead 6-0.
The Hens tried to chip away, with runners on first and third and an out in the bottom of the fifth, Olivia Campion drove one run off a fielder's choice to cut the lead 6-1.
Later in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs and runners on second and third base, Sarah Whalen of Chapman threw a wild pitch to bring in a run.
However, the Panthers took a run back in the top of the seventh with an RBI groundout to pull ahead 7-2. They held on for the victory to conclude the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will head over to the University of La Verne for the SCIAC Tournament. They will face La Verne in the first round on Friday, May 4.