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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team wrapped up a perfect weekend Saturday sweeping the Regals of Cal Lutheran University 11-0 and 7-6 to secure a spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament.
The Purple & Gold have won seven straight, are 9-3 in the month of April and improve to 23-12-1, 16-8 SCIAC. They currently sit in a tie for 2nd in the SCIAC Standings and a game out of 1st with four games left on the schedule.
Game 1 (W, 11-0 – 5 Innings)
Sophomore Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) etched her name into the Whittier College record books in game one of the doubleheader throwing her first no-no of her career. She went a complete game throwing five innings of shutout softball not giving up a hit, run or walk as she shut down the Regals en rout to her seventh win on the season. The only miscue was an error the second baseman committed in the first inning, which would have given her a perfect game.
Whittier scored in every inning of the game putting up two runs in three of the first four innings before securing the lopsided win with a four spot in the 5th. WC used a CLU error and a Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) triple to left center to go on top early. In the 2nd, Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) grounded out, but it was deep enough to score Alli Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.) moving the score to 3-0. In the 3rd, Fonseca came up clutch capitalizing on two wild pitches thrown by CLU starter Brittany Workman singling up the middle bringing across two runners.
In the 4th, Attaway came up with another extra base hit with a double to left center that plated another two. Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.) came back in the 5th with a groundout that scored Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) and Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) capped off the frame with a three-run blast that put the game out of reach.
Fonseca finished 3-3 with a run scored and two runs batted in. Ahern was 2-4 scoring once and driving in three. Attaway was 2-2 scoring once and driving in three and Wishner was 2-3 with a run scored.
Game 2 (W, 7-6)
It was a slower start in game two for WC. They tacked on the go ahead run in the 2nd with Fonseca driving in Attaway who reached earlier with a double to center. CLU picked up their first run of the game the very next inning with two outs as Kendall Marinesi would triple to right. But the Poets offense would come back and light it up in the 5th bringing across five runs on four hits, while using two CLU errors to open the game up 7-1.
During the rally, Fonseca reached with a base knock and was followed by Wishner and Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) reaching on errors, Whitney reaching on a fielder's choice, and Rodriguez drawing a base on balls. With the bases loaded Ahern then stepped in and made the Regals pay for the miscues driving a bases clearing grand slam to left center.
CLU started to comeback in the bottom half of the inning with a two spot and then added another in the 6th and a pair in the 7th, but the rally would end as Casanas would come in to induce a grounder and pop-up to secure the save.
Freshman Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) picked up the win improving to 9-4 on the season going 5.1 innings giving up four runs on 11 hits, while striking out four. Ahern finished the game going 2-4 with a run scored and four runs batted in. Fonseca and Attaway were each 2-3 combining for two runs scored and two runs batted in and Sanchez, Whitney, and Wishner each picked up hits.
Whittier wraps up their regular season next weekend Friday-Saturday, April 27-28. They travel to take on La Verne on Friday, April 27 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm before hosting Occidental College on Saturday, April 28 for Senior Day.