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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team came away with their biggest sweep of the season upsetting the top ranked Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) program in Pomona-Pitzer 6-4 and 10-9 at Palmer Field.
The previous time these two teams met the Poets were swept but they returned the favor Friday afternoon in dramatic fashion as they improve to 21-12-1, 14-8 SCIAC. They now sit in 3rd Place in the SCIAC Standings with six games to play.
Game 1 (W, 6-4)
The Sagehens struck first in the top half of the third off the bat of Deatherag who blasted a solo shot to center. Whittier though responded with three of their own in the 4th as senior Alli Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.) would counter with her own blast to centerfield giving the Poets a lead.
PP got another back in the top half of the 5th to cut the deficit to one. But again Whittier was able to add another two in the bottom half of the frame this time from Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) who singled to right center driving in Sierra Rodriguez (Whittier, Calif.) and Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) laying down a SAC bunt that plated Danica Cooley (Paia, HI).
Leading 5-2, Whittier got insurance in the 6th off the bat of Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) who sent a solo shot to left center moving the deficit to four. The Sagehens attempted a comeback in the 7th with Liz Rodarte connecting for a two-run blast that pulled PP within two but that's as close as they would get as Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) would shut the door en route to picking up her sixth win on the season.
She went a complete game striking out four, while giving up four runs on six hits. Attaway was a perfect 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI, Fonseca was 1-2 with a run scored, while driving in three and Wishner was 2-3 scoring once and driving in another.
Game 2 (W, 10-9)
The fireworks occurred in game two where the Poets would pull off the most epic comeback in program history trailing by nine after 4.0 innings of play to pull off the 10-9 victory.
The Sagehens got out of the gates quickly with five runs coming over the first two innings before tacking on another four in the 4th that opened the game up. But no lead is safe at Palmer Field and the Sagehens found that out the hard way as Whittier would go on to put up a nine spot in the 5th coming on five hits, while using an error. After a quick groundout to start off the frame, Fonseca would start off the epic inning with a triple to right center before coming in off a Wishner double to left. Another groundout would put up two outs on the board putting WC in a hole but that wouldn't stop their offense as Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) would single through the right side before advancing to second on an error by the first baseman.
After a walk to Natalia Sanchez (Chino Hills, Calif.), Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice loading the bases and Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) followed with a walk driving in one. The very next batter, Attaway, she would get hit by a pitch bringing in another and Garza would drive in the fifth and sixth runs with a single through the right side.
Then to cap off the inning, Fonseca would step in and connect for her second homerun on the day, again going to dead center for a three-run blast that deadlocked the game.
Carrying the momentum into the 6th, Whittier kept it going as Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) would start things off with a single to right. Whitney then reached on a fielder's choice and then advanced to second after a Rodriguez groundout. After a passed ball that moved Whitney up to third, Casanas would pick up her biggest hit of the season going down the right field line with a base hit that scored the go ahead run.
Leading by one and going into the top half of the seventh Casanas would go 1-2-3 to secure the come from behind victory.
Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) got the start and picked up the no decision going 3.0 innings. Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) came in relief and threw 3.0 innings giving up four runs on five hits to pick up the win improving to 6-3. Casanas threw the final inning and added her fourth save on the season.
Fonseca led the offense finishing 2-3 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Garza was 1-3 scoring once and driving in another two and Whitney was 1-4 scoring twice and driving in another.
Whittier hits the road tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 when they travel up to Thousand Oaks, Calif. to take on Cal Lutheran University with game times set for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.