Poets split opening series with Hope International

Poets split opening series with Hope International

WHITTIER, Calif. - The Poets bounced back from a disappointing loss in the first game of a double header with Hope International to belt four homeruns en route to a 12-6 win in the second game of the day on Wednesday afternoon.

Mary Pacheco started the Game 2 hit parade with a three run blast in the top of the second inning to give Whittier a 4-2 lead. Janae Townsend continued the onslaught with a two-run shot in the third inning and Kellie Canida and Amanda Carrasco both went deep in the fourth inning.

Canida and Carrasco each had two-run homeruns.

The Whittier bats gave plenty of support to freshman pitcher Jessica Rosnack who earned her first college win in her first college start. Rosnack threw five innings, scattered seven hits, allowed six runs (five earned) and struck out four.

Every field player in the lineup recorded at least one hit in Game 2. Molly Yriarte, Townsend and Ashley Perez all had 2-for-3 afternoons and the team collected 15 hits as a unit.

In the first game of the twin bill the Poets held a 2-0 lead through six innings but surrendered the tying runs in the top of the seventh to see the game extend.

Whittier had an opportunity to win the game in the home half of the eighth but left the bases loaded. The Royals scored in the next half inning and WC went down 1-2-3 in the final frame.

As a team the Poets had eight hits with four coming between Brenda Thompson and Townsend. Canida, Yriarte, Carrasco and Jennifer Luders all had one hit in the game.

Heather Dady got the start and went the distance for the purple and gold. She gave up 11 hits and three runs in 9.0 innings of work.

WC returns to the diamond on Saturday afternoon as it hosts Pacific Lutheran at 12 pm and 2 pm.