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WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College Softball team again came away with a split within conference action as they took one of two from the University of Redlands Friday afternoon.
After a lopsided loss in game one 11-3, the Purple & Gold were able to return the favor in the second game as they rolled to the 11-2 victory. With the split the Poets move to 13-17, 9-9 SCIAC and remain in 3rd Place in the SCIAC Standings.
Game 1 (L, 11-3)
The Poets went ahead 2-0 after the first inning capitalizing on an error by the second baseman followed by a Natalia Sanchez (Chino Hills, Calif.) single to left center. This lead though would be erased as the Bulldogs would spark a comeback beginning with a solo shot by Summer Smith in the 2nd followed by a five spot in the 3rd that put UR on top 6-2.
Whittier cut the deficit in half with another run in the 5th again capitalizing on an error by the second baseman but the very next inning, UR struck for another five runs that ended the game.
Annika Seedborg (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) was charged with the loss going 3.0 innings giving up six runs on six hits. Brianna Alvarez (Montebello, Calif.) led the offense going 2-4 scoring twice. Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) was 1-3 scoring once and driving in another, while Sanchez was 1-3 with an RBI.
Game 2 (W, 11-2)
Whittier bounced back in the second game in a big way behind the strong start from Samantha Blum (San Jose, Calif.). Blum went a complete game giving up one earned run on five hits. Whittier got the bases loaded in the 2nd with Sanchez walking and Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) and Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) each getting hit by pitches. But only one was able to come in after a sacrifice fly from Ally Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.).
In the top half of the 2nd, Redlands would tie things up on two outs capitalizing on an error but the Poet bats would come alive in the bottom half adding three runs on four hits. Garza got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly and then with two outs, the Purple & Gold opened it up adding the other two with Wisher singling through the left side and Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) getting hit by a pitch.
In the 5th, the Poets added insurance with another three runs. When Alvarez stole second, Fonseca stole home and reached safely. Two batters later, Whitney grounded out to second base bringing in another and Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) capped it off with a single up the middle.
Redlands got one back the very next inning to stop the Poet run but in the 6th, Fonseca put the icing on the cake by hitting a two run shot to center that sealed the victory.
Whitney finished 4-5 for the game, scoring once and driving in three. Ahern was 2-4 with an RBI and Fonseca was 3-3 scoring twice with three runs batted in.
Whittier travels to take on Pomona-Pitzer, today, Saturday, April 15 with first pitches set for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.