Whitworth rains on Poets opening day

Whitworth rains on Poets opening day

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team opened up their 2017 season Friday and faced a tough Whitworth University squad but fell short falling 5-2 and 6-4 at Palmer Field. 

Game 1 (L; 5-2)

The Poet bats were held in check for the first five innings as they mustered four hits for the game.  The lone two runs came in the sixth off the bat of junior shortstop Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) who sent one out to right center for a deep two run shot.

Samantha Blum (San Jose, Calif.) got the start and went 7.0 innings giving up three earned runs on eight hits and struck out four. 

Kacey Whitney (Fullerton, Calif.) finished 1-3 and scored the other run, while Megan Troutman (Covina, Calif.) and Ally Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.) each recorded a hit.           

Game 2 (L; 6-4)

The Poet bats woke up in the second game as they scored four runs on 12 hits.  They struck early for two in the first inning getting after Megan Truesdale who only lasted 2.0 innings.  Whitney got things started with a single to right center and them moved over to third following a double from Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.)

Two batters later Natalia Sanchez (Chino Hills, Calif.) singled to left that brought in one and Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) would bring in the second with a sacrifice fly to left.

Sophomore transfer Annika Seedborg (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) got the start and got off to a quick start throwing four shutout innings while Whittier grabbed a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth.  In the bottom half of the fourth, Rodriguez singled to the third baseman and moved up a base after an Ahern single through the left side.  Sanchez then doubled which brought in one and then after being moved over on a Troutman single to third would wind up coming home on a wild pitch.

Then in the fifth the wheels fell off and Seedborg would be tagged for six runs on six hits, while two costly errors would be committed in the inning.  This put the Pirates on top giving them a lead they wouldn't relinquish.  

Whittier attempted a comeback in the 7th and had the bases loaded following a Brianna Alvarez bunt single, a Rodriguez single through the left side and an Ahern walk but Sanchez would fly out to the right fielder who made a huge diving catch that secured the win for the Pirates.

Seedborg went a complete game and gave up three earned runs on 10 hits and struck out four.  Rodriguez finished 4-5 scoring twice, while Sanchez was 2-5 with a run scored and two runs batted in.                       

Whittier turns around quickly tomorrow, Sunday, February 12 against Lewis & Clark with game times set for 11:00am and 1:00pm.