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ORANGE, Calif. – After a split with Redlands on Friday, the Whittier College Softball team had a big doubleheader on the road Saturday against Chapman University who were also in contention for a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament Berth.
But after the two games the Purple & Gold were able to come away with a huge sweep winning 6-5 and 5-2 to improve to 19-12-1, 12-8 SCIAC. They have now won four of their last five and currently hold firm to the No. 4 slot in the SCIAC Standings.
Game 1 (W, 6-5)
After two innings the Poets saw themselves trailing 1-0 but were able to get out of it putting up two runs in the 3rd with Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) doubling down the left field line that brought in Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) and Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.).
Whittier added to their lead with another two in the 5th with Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) and Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) collecting base knocks that moved the score to 4-1. But this lead wouldn't hold as Chapman would come back with four in the bottom half of the inning to go in front for the second time at 5-4.
In the 6th, Whittier managed to scrap for the game-tying run. After a quick out, Whitney got the rally started with a double to left center before moving to third following a single from Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.). With runners on the corners, Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) stepped in and flew one to deep center plating Whitney, but the inning would end as Rodriguez would be gunned out trying to advance to second.
WC kept the momentum going into the 7th led by Attaway who with out tripled down the left field line setting up the go-ahead run 60 feet away. The very next batter Garza, she would lay down a bunt reaching on a fielder's choice allowing Attaway to come in.
The Panthers had an opportunity to tie things up in the bottom half of the inning getting a runner into scoring position with two outs. But that runner wouldn't make it around as Tong would be gunned down at home trying to score on a single from Taketa up the middle.
Casanas picked up the win improving to 5-5 going a complete game giving up two earned runs on six hits. Attaway led the offense going 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Whitney was 2-4 scoring twice and Garza was 2-3 driving in three runs.
Game 2 (W, 5-2)
Freshman Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) had the ball in the game two start. She too went a complete game giving up two runs on 11 hits, while striking out four en route to her eighth win on the season.
Ahern started off the scoring sending a solo shot to deep left putting WC on top quickly in the 1st inning. Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) added to the Poets lead in the 3rd with a double to left field that scored Melodia. Then in the 5th, Whittier opened the game up with a two-spot with Ahern scoring on a wild pitch and Attaway singling up the middle scoring Sanchez.
Leading 4-0, the Poets saw Chapman tack on two over the next two innings, but it wasn't enough, as WC would add insurance this time from Naomi Martinez (Marina Del Rey, Calif.) who would single through the right side scoring Hannah Angileri (San Jose, Calif.).
Sanchez finished the game 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Attaway was 2-4 with an RBI and Ahern was 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Whittier returns home this Friday, April 20 when they host Pomona-Pitzer with game times set for 2:00pm and 4:00pm.