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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team continues to boast the top offense in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) as they put on an offensive clinic putting up 20 runs over two games in a split against the University of Redlands.
The Purple & Gold had opportunities to come away with the sweep but let two leads slip away in game one forcing them to come away with the split at Palmer Field. They move to 17-12-1, 10-8 SCIAC but still hold firm to the No. 4 slot in the SCIAC Standings.
Game 1 (L, 11-8)
Whittier jumped all over the Bulldogs in game one bringing across four runs in the bottom half of the first sparked by a Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) three-run blast. Redlands chipped away at the lead however and tacked on three in the 3rd to pull within one, thanks to Skrzynski going yard with a two run blast. In the bottom half of the frame, Whittier was able to add insurance following a Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) double to left that plated Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.).
But in the 4th, UR was able to respond bringing across two on a single from Garza and a double from Siegel that tied things up. After a scoreless 5th, the Poets went back on top bringing across three runs in the 6th. Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) led things off with a single to left and moved up to second following Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) reaching on a catcher's interference. After a Sanchez single through the right side that loaded the bases, Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) stepped in and singled through the left side that scored two and Garza capped off the inning two batters later reaching on an error that moved the scored to 8-5.
But in the 7th, the comeback started for UR and in a big way. The Bulldogs picked up a leadoff double from Vierra but she stayed put after a groundout to the shortstop. After an error by the shortstop allowing one run to score the Poets were able to regroup to pick up the second out on a fielders choice putting the Bulldogs in a hole. But that third out proved elusive for the Purple & Gold because from that point the floodgates opened with a single and a walk before an Ng single up the middle that scored two and capped off with a Skrzynski double to right center that cleared the bases giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) picked up the loss going 3.0 innings giving up six runs on eight hits. She drops to 7-5. Sanchez led the offense going 2-3 scoring twice and driving in three. Wishner had a multi-hit game going 2-4 with two RBI's and Attaway was 1-4 with two RBI's.
Game 2 (W, 12-8)
The bats remained hot in game two for the Poets. For the second straight game Whittier attacked early bringing across four runs in the bottom half of the 1st, which proved crucial. Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.) doubled to left center plating Whitney. After an Ahern walk and a Sanchez bunt single, Attaway picked up an RBI with a walk and Garza followed with a single to right and Alli Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.) capped off the inning with an RBI hit-by-pitch.
The very next inning the Poets brought around another three with an Attaway sacrifice fly to left and a Fonseca single to center.
But this lead soon evaporated as UR would storm back with five of their own in the 3rd to cut the deficit to one. Attaway added an extra run in the bottom half of the inning with a single up the middle but the very next inning Redlands was able to tie things up at 8-8 with a Vierra double to right center.
Despite losing the lead the Poets were able to take it right back in their at-bats bringing across a run off the bat of Wishner who blasted a solo shot to right center.
After a scoreless 5th, Whittier was then able to put the game out of reach in the 6th bringing across three runs on two hits, capped off with a two-run shot from Ahern.
Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) picked up the win going a complete game giving up eight runs on 13 hits. She improves to 4-5. Attaway and Garza both finished 2-3 combining for four runs batted in. Whitney was 3-5 scoring twice at the top, Rodriguez was 1-4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in and Ahern was 1-2 coming around three times to score, while driving in two and walking three times.
Whittier has a short turn around as they travel down to Orange, Calif. to take on Chapman University tomorrow, Saturday, April 14 with game times set for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.