Poets complete spring break with doubleheader sweep over Menlo
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OAKLAND, Calif. – The Whittier College softball team completed their spring break trip up to Northern California with a sweep over Menlo 6-0 and 4-1 to finish their trip 2-2.
The Poets now improve to 14-12, while Menlo drops to 8-20.
Despite the rainy weather in Oakland this past week the Poets still managed to complete two series against Holy Names and Menlo. Their third series against Patten University was canceled due to the rainy conditions.
Game 1 (W, 6-0)
Game 1 turned out to be one of the best pitching performances of the year for sophomore Courtney DeLano who continues to dominate on the mound going 7.0 innings of shutout ball surrendering just five hits improving her record to 9-7.
Whittier got the scoring started as they put up a two spot in the first getting the bases loaded but only managing to get two runs across despite a leadoff double from Nikki Mendoza and a sacrifice fly from Samantha Mellano.
But the game turned into a pitching duel after that as Delano's counterpart Tricia Davidson sat the Poets down over the next five innings until the Poets erupted for four runs in the seventh behind a plethora of singles and good base running that put the Poets on top 6-0 giving them a lead that DeLano wouldn't relinquish.
Whittier was led on offense by Mellano who finished 2-2 with two RBI's, while Xzandra Miranda-Castro finished 1-3 with three RBI's.
Game 2 (W, 4-1)
The Poets continued where they left off after game one and received another stellar pitching performance from junior Jessica Rosnack who went 6.0 innings giving up one run on five hits improving her record to 6-5 on the season. DeLano came in, in relief and picked up her fourth save of the season shutting out the Oaks in the seventh.
Whittier again for the second straight game got the scoring started as they put up three runs in the second behind a Jordan Learn single, a Mendoza single, and two errors by the Oaks that gave Whittier the early lead.
In the ensuing inning though the Oaks added a run themselves to cut the lead to two but saw Whittier tack on another run in the fourth behind a double to right center from Mendoza that drove in Alexandra Flores. This would be all the run support Rosnack would need as she finished off Menlo over the next two innings to preserve the three run victory.
Flores led the offensive attack for the Poets as she finished 2-3 with a run and an RBI, while Mendoza finished 2-4 with two RBI's.
Whittier now returns home and returns to the diamond as they travel to La Verne to take on the Leopards in a doubleheader recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness on Monday, April 2 with game times slated for 3pm and 5pm.