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Whittier's playoff hopes remain alive with split against No. 15 Claremont-M-S

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

Whittier, Calif. – The Whittier College softball team kept their playoff hopes alive Saturday afternoon as they split with the Athena's of Claremont-M-S earning a 2-0 victory in game one but falling 14-0 in game two.

Whittier now improves to 16-14, 7-11 SCIAC, while Claremont-M-S drops to 22-10, 14-4 SCIAC.

Game 1 (W, 2-0)

Courtney DeLano continues to impress this season as she earned her ninth win of the season pitching a complete game shutout surrendering a mere three hits to go with two strikeouts.  This marks the second time she has pitched a shutout over a squad in the top three in SCIAC.  The last time she achieved this feat was against Redlands when she gave them their first loss of the season on March 25.

Whittier jumped all over Athena starter Gularte and managed two runs on three hits, which proved to be the eventual game winners late in the game.  The game turned out to be a pitcher's duel until the Purple & Gold added their two runs in the sixth inning behind a Xzandra Miranda-Castro double to left center that drove in Emi Shimamoto, while Samantha Mellano's  sacrifice fly drove in Denisse Martinez for the second run.

This would be all the run support DeLano would need as she sat the Athena's down in order in the seventh to preserve the two run victory.        

Game 2 (L, 14-0)

Whittier was unable to keep their momentum going in game two as the Poet pitching staff allowed 14 runs on 12 hits, while the Athena's Schultz pitched a complete game no hitter, striking out four moving her record to 12-7 on the season. 

The Poet's Jessica Rosnack was tagged with the loss as she went 1.1 innings giving up seven runs on four hits to go with three strikeouts dropping her record to 7-6.

After giving up a run in the first, Rosnack then took to the mound in the second and was unable to make it through the inning as the Athena's added six more runs.  Giving Claremont-M-S a lead and a lead with more than five runs is a daunting task for any pitching staff and Whittier found that out this afternoon. 

The Purple & Gold continue with SCIAC play as they travel to Thousand Oaks, Calif. to take on the Regals of Cal Lutheran University on Friday, April 13 before traveling out to Pomona-Pitzer the following day on Saturday, April 14 to take on the Sagehens.  All games scheduled for doubleheaders with games each day slated to begin at 12pm and 2pm.