CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Season started the season on the right track, sweeping Puget Sound in their doubleheader on Friday afternoon, winning the first game 5-3 and the second in mercy rule fashion 13-1. Both starting pitchers Liz Rodarte and Alondra Reynoso got the win, while Izzy Deatherage led the offense by hitting 3-for-7 for the day with four RBIs and two runs.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 2-0 to start the season.
Pomona-Pitzer 5, Puget Sound 3
Liz Rodarte pitched a complete game victory in her first start, throwing seven innings while giving up three runs and hurling eight strikeouts. Deatherage and Karina Falkstrom co-led the offense, producing two hits and two RBIs each.
The Sagehens struck first in the bottom of the second inning, with runners on second and third and one out. Kristen Hong looked to capitalize and managed to bring in a run with a hard grounder that bounced off the pitcher/s glove and towards the second baseman. Unfortunately, Hong was barely thrown out at first on the play.
In the top of the bottom of the third, Liz Rodarte helped her cause with a double to right center, while Deatherage's hit led to a fielding error that put runners on second and third. Karina Falkstrom cleared the bases with a double to right field to extend the lead 3-0.
After pitching three straight scoreless innings, Rodarte got into a jam as the Loggers tacked two runs in the fourth inning to close the gap.
Kaitlyn Webster tied the game for the Loggers in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI double to center field.
The Sagehens took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Sagehens had the bases loaded with two outs with Deatherage up to bat. The junior laced a line drive towards the right side that bounced off the second baseman's glove as two runs scored to give the Sagehens a 5-3 lead.
Rodarte struck out the first two batters in the top of the seventh and induced a game-ending foul out to seal the victory.
Pomona-Pitzer 13, Puget Sound 1
Alondra Reynoso delivered four shutout innings while striking out three in the second game of the doubleheader while the offense exploded to deliver a lopsided victory. First years Megan Otsuka impressed in her first career start, cranking a three-run home run in her very first at-bat, while her classmate Julia Carreon also had her first home run as well.
The Sagehens did majority of their damage in the first inning, as Deatherage continued her hot hitting with a bases-loaded RBI single to open up the scoring. After first year Hannah Brajkovich brought in a run by getting hit by a pitch, Baleigh McCuskey followed with a two-run RBI single to extend the lead 4-0. Otsuka followed with her first home run of her career, pulling a shot over the left field fence to make it 7-0. An RBI single by Kristen Hong and two errors later, the Sagehens led 10-0 after the first inning.
Reynoso ran into trouble in the top of the third when she was dealt with bases loaded and one out. However, she was unfazed by the pressure and managed to escape after inducing an infield fly and a groundout.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, first year Carreon drilled a 3-run homer over right center to extend the lead 13-0. She came onto the circle in the top of the fifth to close out the game. After getting her first out on a fielder's choice, Carreon recorded her first strikeout of her career. She fielded a soft grounder for the final out to seal the mercy rule victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will hit the road and travel to Whittier College to take on the Poets for their first SCIAC series on Saturday, February 16th at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.