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LA HABRA, Calif. –The Whittier College softball extended their winning streak to four as they pulled off 12-4 and 7-6 victories over Staten Island and Concordia Tuesday afternoon.
The Poets now reach .500 at 6-6, 2-6 SCIAC.
Game 1 (Staten Island W, 12-4)
Whittier opened up game one with at least one run in the first three innings but saw themselves tied 4-4 after the 4th inning after Staten Island put up a three spot. The Poets then erupted for six runs on four hits in the ensuing inning that put them in front 10-4.
The 5th got started with back to back singles from Mickala Gonzales and Courtney DeLano followed by a walk by Samantha Mellano and Alexandra Flores' hit by pitch. Emi Shimamoto then singled to left and then saw Courtney Grana reach due to an error by the second baseman. Janae Townsend then stepped up and singled through the right side that drove in two.
With this score the Poets remained out in front for good as Whittier's DeLano shut down Staten Island over the next two innings to secure her fourth victory on the season moving to 4-3. She pitched 6.0 innings giving up four runs on six hits to go with four strikeouts.
The Purple & Gold combined for 13 hits including six doubles led by Mellano who finished 2-3 with three runs and one RBI.
Game 2 (Concordia W, 7-6)
In game two, the Poets found themselves up against a very tough Div. III program in Concordia University Chicago.
The Poets jumped out in front and recorded three runs in the first behind a Denisse Martinez double and a Gonzalez homerun.
In the ensuing inning the Poets and Cougars combined for eight runs forcing the game into a tie after two. Mellano and Learn led off the inning with walks followed by Flores who singled to third base. Nikki Mendoza then stepped up and collected a bases clearing triple.
But Whittier wasn't done there as they tacked on the go ahead run and the eventual game winner in the 3rd behind a Flores double that drove in Learn.
Jessica Rosnack pitched 6.1 innings and gave up six runs on nine hits to go with five strikeouts improving her record to 2-3 on the season, while DeLano came in and registered her first save the year going .2 innings with a strikeout.
Flores led the Poets in game two going 3-3 with one run and one RBI, while Mendoza finished 1-2 with a run and three RBI's.
The Purple & Gold return to action as they return to the friendly confines of Palmer Field where they will host the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, March 10 with game times slated for 12pm and 2pm.