Poet bats silenced by Bulldogs pitching staff

Poet bats silenced by Bulldogs pitching staff

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College softball team was unable to find their offense this afternoon as they lost their twin bill 19-2 and 8-0 to the hands of the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands.

Whittier now drops to 2-4, 0-4 SCIAC, while Redlands improves to 4-4, 4-0 SCIAC.

Game 1 (L, 19-2)

Redlands came out with their offense in game one totaling four homeruns including two grand slams from Martinez and Lievanos, and back to back to back jacks in the top of the 3rd to extend a lead to 19-0.

The Purple & Gold rallied in the 2nd and 3rd innings to tack on runs behind a single from Nikki Mendoza that drove in Samantha Mellano , while Mellano walked in a run in the next inning.  But this is all the offense they would muster as Uphold pitched two innings giving up 4 hits and one run to secure the victory.

Courtney Delano who started for the Poets went 1.1 innings giving up three hits and nine runs to go with seven walks.  Her record now drops to 2-2 on the season.       

Game 2 (L, 8-0)     

Game 2 started off differently as it turned into a pitcher's duel in the early stages of the game until Redlands added two runs in the third.  They then came back in the next inning and put up a five spot and then added an insurance run in the 5th.

Jessica Rosnack pitched her best game of the season this afternoon going 5.0 innings giving up 4 hits and 8 runs, all unearned to go with two strikeouts.

On the other side Ruelas, a crafty lefty was able to hold the Poets scoreless over 5.0 innings surrendering just two hits. 

Courtney Grana and Janae Townsend both received the two hits on the day finishing 1-2.

The Poets still search for their first SCIAC victory and will get the entire week off to begin preparing for yet again another SCIAC match-up as they travel to Claremont, Calif. to take on the Athena's of Claremont-M-S on Saturday, February 25 beginning at 12pm & 2pm.