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CLAREMONT, Calif. – For the eighth time this year the Whittier College Softball team came away with a split in conference play as they fell 4-0 to Pomona-Pitzer in game one before taking the second 2-0.
Whittier drops into 4th place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings at 14-18, 10-10 SCIAC.
Game 1 (L, 4-0)
The Purple & Gold were shutout in the first game of the doubleheader collecting just four hits against Sagehen ace Liz Rodarte. PP scrapped for a run in the 1st coming on a sacrifice fly and this proved enough as this one run lead would hold until the 6th when they tacked on three insurance runs.
The Poets had their chances though. In the 1st, Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) walked with two outs and moved up to third after Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) doubled to left center but they were both left stranded. In the 2nd, Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) led off the inning with a single and then moved into scoring position with a stolen base but again was stranded. In the 3rd, the Poets had an opportunity as the Sagehen shortshop committed two errors, which allowed the bases to become loaded but again WC couldn't convert as they were all stranded.
Samantha Blum got the start and picked up the loss dropping to 8-9 giving up one earned run on six hits.
Game 2 (W, 2-0)
Whittier was able to turn it around in the second game to return the favor to the Sagehens shutting them out 2-0. Blum again got the start and threw a complete game going 7.0 innings surrendering just three hits.
The game remained scoreless until the 6th when WC was able to bring their two runs across. Kalei Guillermo (Aiea, HI) singled to second and then moved up after a stolen base. Brianna Alvarez (Montebello, Calif.) followed with a single and Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.) would follow suit with her own hit that loaded the bases.
With the heart of the order coming up, the Poets were able to capitalize as Whitney and Ahern grounded out to the pitcher that allowed the two runs to come across. The pair of runs proved enough as Whittier would hold on for the split.
Ally Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.) led the Poets going 2-3, while Alvarez was 1-3 with a run scored.
Whittier hits the road this Friday, April 21 as they take on Chapman University beginning at 2:00pm.