CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team split their Saturday series against University of La Verne, winning the first game 6-0 before falling the second game 8-1. Liz Rodarte pitched a gem in the first game, throwing a complete shutout with seven strikeouts, while Izzy Deatherage delivered a grand slam. Julia Carreon hit a solo home run in the second game, but the Leopards' bats came alive to split the series.
Season Impact: After today's results, the Sagehens are now 16-5-1 overall and 8-4 in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer 6, La Verne 0
While Rodarte lived up to her ace billing with a complete game shutout, the offense did an excellent job in backing her up. Kristen Hong batted 3-for-4 with a run while Izzy Deatherage did a bulk of the production with one swing, producing a team-high four RBIs off a grand slam.
Liz Rodarte got to an excellent start, retiring six out of eight batters in the first two innings, four by strikeout. In the third inning, Rodarte ran into trouble with two outs and runners on second and third base, but she managed to induce a foul out to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Makensey Druckman led off with a solo home run to give the Sagehens the lead.
The Sagehens' defense did an excellent job in preserving the shutout, inducing a double play with runners on first when La Verne's Katheryn Navarro grounded to Olivia Campion who turned to Hong at second who then threw out Navarro at first.
Rodarte shut out the Leopards in the seventh to preserve the victory.
Pomona-Pitzer 1, La Verne 8
The Sagehens could not repeat their performance from their first game in the second half of the doubleheader as they only mustered one run. The two sides were scoreless for majority of the game until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Sagehens got on board with a solo home run by Julia Carreon.
However, the Leopards rallied back in the top of the fifth when they tacked on two runs. Later in the top of the sixth, the Leopards added three more to lead 5-1. The Sagehens couldn't rally back as La Verne championed an 8-1 victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will play their rescheduled doubleheader against No. 7 Williams College tomorrow on March 24 at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.