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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team was able to get in a doubleheader with Hiram College Sunday despite the wet and rainy conditions.
The Purple & Gold pulled off a solid 7-1 victory in game one but was unable to complete game two due to darkness, with it being called all tied at 7-7. Whittier is now 3-3-1, 2-2 SCIAC.
Game 1 (W, 7-1)
Junior Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) threw lights out in game one and thanks to a seven-run cushion was able to collect her first win on the season. She went 5.2 innings giving up just one run on three hits to go with four strikeouts.
The Purple & Gold put up one in the bottom half of the 1st coming on three hits, capped off with Hannah Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) driving in Brianna MaGee (Torrance, Calif.) with a bloop single into left field. Then in the 2nd, Whittier opened things up with a four spot, using two Hiram errors and two hits that moved the score to 5-0. During the inning, Emily Facio (Chino, Calif.) laid down a bunt single to third and Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) singled down the left field line.
Whittier brought another two around in the 4th with Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) driving one through the left side, plating Whitney and Naomi Martinez (Marina Del Rey, Calif.) grounding out to third that scored Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.).
Hiram got one back in the 6th but couldn't complete the comeback as Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) would come in to throw the final 1.1 innings collecting two strikeouts.
Whitney had a big day at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort with two runs scored and an RBI. Wishner was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in and Angileri was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Game 2 (T, 7-7; 8-Innings)
The second game of the doubleheader was back and forth. The Poets put up two in the bottom half of the 1st with Angileri doubling through the left side bringing across Attaway, followed by Yolanda Oregel (Anaheim, Calif.) singling on the right side plating Wishner.
This lead wouldn't hold however as Hiram would bring across three in the 2nd thanks to a three-run shot from Acton. The very next inning, Whittier tied things up with freshman Sarah Gross (Chula Vista, Calif.) connecting for a solo shot, her first of her career. The Terriers grabbed the lead in the 5th with a double to center but again WC was able to bounce back this time with a three-spot behind an Angileri single to right field and using an error by the third baseman that allowed another two runs to come in.
The numbers turned the very next inning with Hiram bringing across three with Davis doubling to left center and Sheffield singling to right that put the Terriers up 7-6. In the bottom half of the frame, Whittier was able to get the equalizer back as MaGee drove in Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) with a base knock through the left side. The Poets had runners on the first and second in the inning with one out and looked to go on top for good but couldn't as Gross would pop out and Wishner would groundout ending the threat.
Hiram had an opportunity to go on top in the 7th getting runners on first and second with one out. But the very next batter, Whittier was able to get a force out at third on a fielder's choice and then collect a strikeout that ended that threat. In their half of the frame, Angileri led things off with a double to right center getting into scoring position. She was able to move up to third on a groundout but couldn't come in to score as the squeeze play with Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) laying down a bunt couldn't be executed as Hiram was able to get the tag down, ending the Poet chances.
Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) got the start and went 5.0 innings giving up four runs on eight hits. Vargas came in relief and went 2.0 innings giving up three runs on six hits.
Angileri had a solid game going 4-for-4 with a run scored and two runs batted in. MaGee finished 3-for-4 driving in one and Whitney was 2-for-4 scoring once.
Whittier travels this Saturday, March 9 as they return to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play with a doubleheader with Cal Lutheran University. First pitches slated for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.