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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier softball team suffered through rain and cold conditions as No. 1 Linfield swept the Poets, 13-2 and 12-0, Wednesday afternoon at Palmer Field.
Whittier (17-9) played the top ranked Wildcats (18-2) even through the first four innings of Game 1 but a grand slam in the top of the fifth opened the flood gates. Linfield scored six runs in the fifth, two in sixth and added five in the final frame en route to the 11-run win.
The Poets manufactured a run in the home half of the sixth. Nikki Mendoza and Brenda Thompson led off the inning with a pair of singles and Cindy Loza moved the two into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Mickala Gonzales grounded out to the second basemen in the ensuing at bat to score Mendoza.
Whittier's final run of the game came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Mendoza ripped a double to left center that scored Jennifer Luders from second.
Mendoza led the offensive effort with a pair of hits. Jessica Rosnack started in the circle and went all 7.0 innings. She surrendered 13 runs on 14 hits with four strike outs.
Much like Tuesday's second game, the Poets' bats were silenced in Game 2. Loza collected the lone hit of the game through the right side in the fourth inning.
Linfield matched its Game 1 output with three homeruns in the night cap and totaled 11 base hits. Courtney DeLano was tagged with the loss in the circle. She went 4.2 innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits.
The Poets will return to action on Saturday, April 2, as they hit the road to face Redlands.