Long ball lifts Poets to split with Pios

Long ball lifts Poets to split with Pios

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Poets erupted for 12 runs on 16 hits in game two of a doubleheader against Lewis & Clark University Saturday but were only able to come away with the split against the Pioneers.

After suffering an 8-4 loss in game one the Purple & Gold came back strong to win 12-6 to wrap up the doubleheader.

Game 1 (L, 8-4)

The Pios used the long ball in the early stages of game one to go on top 4-1 with both being two-run shots.  They tacked on another three over the next two innings to move the margin to 8-1 and that proved enough.  Whittier attempted a comeback with a three spot in the bottom half of the 5th with Alli Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.), and Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) all doubling.  But the run was cut short and the offense stalled over the final two innings allowing Lewis & Clark to come away with game one.

Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) finished the day 2-3 with a run batted in.  Garza was 2-4 scoring once with an RBI and Heal and Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) were 1-1 both scoring once and driving in another.

Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) picked up the loss going 3.0 innings surrendering seven runs on six hits with two strikeouts.                

Game 2 (W, 12-6)

The bats came alive in game two with the Poets rolling with 12 runs on 16 hits.  They trailed for the second straight game, this time 4-0 after an inning and a half.  But this lead soon evaporated as Whittier put up eight runs over the next two innings that swung the momentum.  In the 2nd, Whittier strung together four runs on five hits with Ha, Naomi Martinez (Marina Del Rey, Calif.), and Garza singling in runs, while Fonseca tripled down the right field line that plated another.

Danica Cooley (Paia, HI) led off the 3rd with her first career homerun donning the Purple & Gold.  Whitney and Ha followed with singles and moved up after a fielder's choice.  Martinez then reached on an error by the second baseman, which brought in another and Fonseca made the Pios pay in the following at-bat with a double to left center. 

Another two runs came across in the 4th again off the bat of Cooley who plated one to deep left moving the score to 10-4.  Lewis & Clark got two back the very next inning but in the bottom half of the 5th, Whittier added insurance and put the game out of reach with Garza and Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.) each grounding out that brought in runs.

Cooley finished with a breakout game of 2-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in, which included two homeruns.  Whitney was 3-4 and Garza and Ha were each 2-4 combining for two runs scored and three runs batted in. 

Ha picked up the win going the final 4.0 innings giving up just two runs on two hits as she picks up her first collegiate victory.