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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College softball team completed their ten game home stand with a split against Hamline University winning 5-2 in game one but falling in game two 5-3.
The Poets now improve to 9-9, 2-8 SCIAC with two doubleheaders this coming weekend away at Redlands on Saturday, March 17 and then traveling to Chapman University on Sunday, March 18.
Game 1 (W, 5-2)
Whittier opened up game one against Hamline with two runs in the second inning behind a two run blast from freshman Samantha Mellano. The Poets then followed that scoring burst with another two spot in the third as Courtney Grana doubled down the left field line to score both Emi Shimamoto and Alexandra Flores to push the Poets lead to 4-1.
After both squads swapped runs in the fourth, Courtney DeLano sat the Pipers down in order over the next three innings to earn her sixth win of the season improving to 6-4 pitching a complete game giving up two runs on four hits to go with five strikeouts.
Mellano finished the game 1-1 with a homerun driving in two runs and scoring one herself while drawing two walks.
Game 2 (L, 5-3)
In the second contest, the Poets started freshman Heather Salisbury on the mound but she didn't get out of the second inning as she gave up three earned runs on three hits including two homeruns, which tagged her with her first loss of the season.
Anna Cade came in as relief and pitched four innings of one hit ball keeping the Piper bats quiet while the Poets chipped back into the Hamline lead. DeLano came in to shut down the Pipers in the final two innings but gave up a homerun that extended the Piper lead to two in the sixth. Whittier mounted a comeback in the seventh getting Flores into scoring position after her double, but a groundout and fly out sealed the game for Hamline helping them preserve the two run victory.
Hamline added five runs over the first two innings but was shut down in the middle innings allowing Whittier to get back into the contest as they added three runs themselves getting within one after the third. In the second inning Whittier got the bases loaded after back to back to back singles and after a wild pitch that scored Mickala Gonzales, the Poets' Jordan Learn and Flores were sat down stopping the Whittier threat.
Whittier came back the following inning and added two as Gonzalez found her long ball swing as she sent out a two run shot to center that pulled the Poets within one.
But the Piper's Brianna Vela shut the Poets down over the next four innings helping to secure the two run victory.