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Whittier uses long ball to split with La Verne

Whittier uses long ball to split with La Verne

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

LA VERNE, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team came away with another split in the month of March taking one of two from the University of La Verne.

The Purple & Gold came from behind in game one to win 13-5 before being edged 8-7 in game two.  They improve to 7-7-1, 4-4 SCIAC

Game 1 (W, 13-5)

Whittier got ahead of the Leopards quickly with a run in the top half of the 1st thanks to a Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) double to left field that scored Brianna MaGee (Torrance, Calif.).  ULV though would come back with four runs, which included a three-run shot from Underwood that put them on top.  But this lead was soon lost as the Poets put up 12 runs over the next five innings. 

In the 3rd, Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) led off the inning with a walk and came around to score following a triple from MaGee, who was then thrown out at home attempting an in the park homerun.  But the inning wasn't over with Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) drawing a walk, Hayley Wishner (Chino, calif.) doubling to right center and Attaway doubling again to left center that plated another two.  In the 4th, WC added to their lead this time off the bat of Ha who hammered a two-run blast that moved the score to 6-4. 

But the Poet bats didn't quiet down there adding another run in the 5th and 6thJade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) brought in the first with a double to center and Attaway knocked in the second with a base hit.  The insurance came in the 7th as Whittier put up a five-spot on five hits that put the game out of reach.  Yolanda Oregel (Anaheim, Calif.) started the inning off with a single to right.  She was pinch run for and Taylor Whitney (Orange, Calif.) made the most out of the situation stealing second before going to third on a wild pitch.  Natalia Sanchez (Chino Hills, Calif.) followed with a walk and Emily Facio (Chino, Calif.) stepped in laying down a bunt single that scored one.  Soon after Head Coach Trisha Senyo called a successful double steal and after that the bats continued to light it up with Naomi Martinez (Marina Del Rey, Calif.) singling to center, Whitney doubling to left center and Wishner singling.

Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) picked up another win going 5.2 innings giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out a pair.  She is now 5-2 winning her last five starts.  Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) who has returned from injury threw the final 1.1 innings not surrendering a hit as she collected her first save of 2019.

Attaway finished 3-for-4 with four runs batted in and a walk.  MaGee was a perfect 3-for-3 scoring twice and driving in another.  Wishner finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI's and Sanchez was 2-for-3 with two runs and a run batted in.                

Game 2 (L, 8-7)

Whittier jumped in front again in game two this time 6-0 after the first two innings.  They plated two in the top half of the 1st on three hits, while using an error.  MaGee, Wishner, and Hannah Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) all collected base knocks and Attaway reached on a fielder choice.

The Poets added to their lead in the 2nd this time with Wishner connecting for her first grand slam of her career.  But this lead wouldn't hold as ULV would come back with a four spot in the bottom half of the frame followed by a pair in the 3rd coming on a two out triple by Navarro that tied things up. 

Whittier regained the lead in the 4th using a throwing error by the catcher but again this advantage wouldn't hold as the Leopards would rally in the 6th with Garcia connecting for a two-run shot with two outs that gave ULV an 8-7 lead. 

In the 7th, the Poets looked like they would find the game-tying run.  Attaway led off the inning with a single before stealing second.  Oregel then singled putting runners on the corners and then stole second getting into scoring position with one out.  But they couldn't come around to score as Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) and Sarah Gross (Chula Vista, Calif.) both went down swinging ending the threat.

Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) picked up the loss throwing the final 4.2 innings giving up five runs on eight hits.  She remains winless at 0-5.  Melodia got the start and only lasted 1.1 innings giving up three runs on four hits.

MaGee finished the game 3-for-4 scoring twice.  Wishner was 2-for-4 scoring twice and driving in five and Whitney and Attaway were each 2-for-4 combining for two runs scored.          

Whittier has a short turnaround as they return to competition today, Sunday, March 17 when they travel to the University of Redlands.  First pitches set for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.