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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team took part in their second consecutive day of doubleheaders but this time faced off against George Fox University who came into Palmer Field and completed the sweep.
Whittier drops now to 2-3-1, while George Fox improves to 5-1.
Game 1 (L, 11-2)
It was a rough start for the Purple & Gold in their opening game of the doubleheader with the Bruins. They fell behind 6-0 after the first two innings and found it difficult to catch-up. They picked up one in the 3rd with Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) singling in Haley Wishner (Chino, Calif.). Then in the 5th they tacked on another with Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) singling to third but the margin was too much as the game was called after five innings.
Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) picked up the loss going just 2.0 innings giving up six runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
Game 2 (L, 4-2)
Game two was a low scoring affair with a combined six runs being scored. It was a pitcher's dual with both starters going the distance. Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) unfortunately suffered the loss giving up four runs on five hits, with five strikeouts.
The Bruins used the long ball to pick up the game-two victory. They added a solo shot in the top half of the first and then did it again in the 6th and 7th that secured the win. The Poets tied things up in the bottom half of the 4th with Attaway singling up the middle that scored Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) and brought in another in the 6th as Garza drove in Rodriguez with a single through the right side.
Attaway was a perfect 3-3 with an RBI. Garza was 2-2 scoring once and driving in another and Rodriguez was 1-3 scoring once.
Whittier returns to the diamond next Saturday, February 17 as they travel to open Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play against Claremont-M-S with first pitches slated for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.