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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Trisha Senyo era began Friday afternoon at Palmer Field as the Whittier College Softball team took on La Sierra University in a doubleheader rolling in game one 10-5 before capping off the day in a tie at 6-6.
The Purple & Gold combined for 19 hits over the two games and was forced to play catch-up in both contests but got their season underway in impressive fashion moving to 1-0-1.
Game 1 (W, 10-5)
Whittier gave up three runs over the first three innings trailing 3-0 in the early stages in game one. But that deficit would soon diminish as they put up a five spot in the bottom half of the 3rd.
With one out, Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) got the rally started with a single. Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.) followed with a base hit and Dani Rozhon (Apple Valley, Calif.) moved both runners up into scoring position with a groundout. With two outs, the Poets continued to move the runners with Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) driving a single up the middle that scored two. Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) followed getting hit by a pitch and Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) loaded the bases with a single through the left side. After a pitching change by La Sierra, Whittier jumped all over Camacho as Danica Cooley (Paia, hI) walked, which plated another and Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) capped off the scoring reaching on an error by the second baseman, which brought in another.
The Purple & Gold didn't let up as they brought across another five in the 5th on four hits. Cooley continued to swing a hot bat tripling down the left field line and came across on a fielders choice by Attaway. With two outs the Poets again added big numbers as Rodriguez stepped in and singled through the right side that scored another. After another pitching change the Poets kept it going with Whitney driving in one on a fielders choice and Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) ended the run with a double to right center that put the game out of reach.
The Golden Eagles scrapped for two in the 7th to cut the deficit in half but Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) was able to shut it down forcing two groundouts. Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) got the start and went 4.0 innings giving up just two earned runs on five hits. Melodia went the final 3.0 innings with two strikeouts, while giving up five hits.
Whitney was in the cleanup spot for the first time in her career and went 2-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Rodriguez was 2-5 scoring twice and driving in another and Attaway was 1-3 with two runs scored an RBI and a walk.
Game 2 (T; 6-6)
The second game was called in the 6th with a runner on first and one out for the Golden Eagles. LSU again went out in front 2-0 after stringing together four hits but Whittier was able to return the favor in the bottom half of the frame with Rodriguez coming in on a passed ball and Ha driving in another with a single.
In the 5th, La Sierra got lucky bringing across four runs capitalizing on two costly Poet errors. They went ahead 6-2 but again the Poets answered with their own four spot in the bottom half. Whitney and Attaway led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Natalia Sanchez (Chino Hills, Calif.) drove in both with a single up the middle and Garza drove in a pair three batters later with a double to center that deadlocked the game.
Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) got the no decision going a complete game giving up three earned runs on nine hits. Whitney was 2-3 with a run scored and seven other Poets picked up a base knock.
Whittier turns right back around to host their annual Alumni Game tomorrow, Saturday, February 3 beginning at 11:00am. Their next competitive doubleheader will take place next Saturday, February 10 when they host Lewis & Clark with game times set for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.