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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College softball team split with No. 9 University of Redlands this afternoon who are atop the standings in SCIAC falling in game one 9-0 but coming back in game two to win 2-0.
Whittier improves to 12-10, 5-9 SCIAC, while Redlands drops their first game of the season dropping to 19-1, 13-1 SCIAC .
Game 1 (Redlands – 9, Whittier – 0)
In the first game, Redlands added two runs in the first and second innings and then added five in the fourth to take the first game of the series. Courtney DeLano started for the Poets and went 3.2 innings giving up nine runs on 10 hits to go with three strikeouts, while her counterpart Kayla Uphold went a complete game going 5.0 innings giving up four hits.
The Purple & Gold were unable to get any offense going as they managed a mere four hits but threatened in the first after they got runners in scoring position but got their rally cut short with a groundout, a strikeout, and a pop up.
This was the only offense they were able to get as they were shut down over the next four innings.
The Poets were led on offense by Emi Shimamoto who finished 2-3.
Game 2 (Whittier – 2, Redlands – 0)
In game two Whittier received a pitching gem from Jessica Rosnack who went 7.0 innings giving up six hits striking out two moving her record to 5-4.
Rosnack held the Bulldog offense scoreless and received two runs in the sixth inning as they put together two hits from Xzandra Miranda-Castro and Denisse Martinez with a walk and two fielder's choices that brought two runs across.
In the ensuing inning Rosnack shut out the Bulldogs one, two, three and preserved the two run victory.
Whittier now begins their spring break as they travel up north to San Francisco as they take on Holy Names, Tuesday, March 27 with game times slated for 12pm and 2pm.