Long Ball hurts Poets in loss to Pomona-Pitzer

Long Ball hurts Poets in loss to Pomona-Pitzer

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – Wet conditions proved tough for the Whittier College Softball team Saturday as they dropped a doubleheader to Pomona-Pitzer 5-3 and 5-2 at Wig Beach Field.

Game 1 (L, 5-3)

The Purple & Gold faced off against Liz Rodarte in game one and had a difficult time against the Sagehen ace who did it on both sides hitting a homerun and double, while picking up the win going a complete game. 

Pomona-Pitzer got on the scoreboard quickly in the bottom half of the second with a two run blast coming from Druckman who followed a Deatherage double.  But Whittier responded with their own two run shot in the 3rd as Hannah Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) would porch one to dead center that tied things up.

Rodarte added her two-run homerun in the 3rd coming on two outs that put PP back on top and would then double in another run in the 5th that moved the score to 5-2.  Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) sparked a comeback in the 7th sending a pinch hit solo shot to left that cut the deficit to two but that's as close as Whittier would get as they would fall 5-3.

Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) picked up the loss going a complete game giving up five runs on seven hits.  Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) had a multi-hit game going 2-3 and Angileri was 1-2 scoring once and driving in two.     

Game 2 (L, 5-2)

Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) got the start in game two and went 5.0 innings giving up five runs on eight hits, with three coming in the 6th.  Rodarte continued where she left off from game one sending a solo shot to right in the second that gave PP an early lead.  Whittier bounced right back though and answered with their own solo blast in the third as Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) would send her first homerun of the season out to right center.

But in the bottom half of the inning PP would get the bases loaded and would tack on the go ahead run off a single from Natalie Ireland.  In the fifth, the Sagehens added insurance with a three spot off a single from Rodarte and a Druckman double to right center. 

Whittier pressured Sagehen starter Alondra Reynoso in the sixth.  Garza and Heal added back-to-back doubles, which plated just one and that's where the Poets would stall in their comeback as Reynoso would pitch out of a jam. 

Ahern led the offense finishing with a 2-3 effort with a run scored and RBI.  Heal was 1-1 in a pinch-hit role and Garza was 1-3 scoring once.