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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team had a high scoring affair Sunday morning as they lost an early lead falling 14-12 to Pacific Lutheran University.
Whittier and Pacific Lutheran were slated to play a doubleheader but due to wet conditions were only able to get in one.
The Purple & Gold jumped out in front quickly putting up a five spot in the bottom half of the first. They strung together those five runs on five hits, while capitalizing on an error. Emily Facio (Chino, Calif.) started off the rally with a single to right field before stealing second. Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) connected for a single up the middle on the very next at bat to drive in the first run and Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) followed in the cleanup with a double to left field that drove in another. Whitney was able to advance due to a passed ball and then came in to score after a Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) single up the middle.
Freshmen Brianna MaGee (Torrance, Calif.) and Yolanda Oregel (Anaheim, Calif.) kept the inning going reaching on an error by the shortstop and drawing a walk. Then to cap off the frame, Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) drove in both with a single up the middle.
After giving one back in the top half of the 2nd, WC tacked on another three in the bottom half of the inning, capitalizing on another error, while picking up two hits, which included Wishner and MaGee both singling up the middle.
This moved the score to 8-1, which wouldn't hold as the Lutes would storm back putting up 11 runs over the next three innings, which included a seven spot in the 5th that swung the momentum. The Poets trailed 12-9 after the 5th but got one back in the 6th thanks to Hannah Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) driving in Jennifer Alcala-Luna (Los Angeles, Calif.) with a base hit to left center. In the 7th, PLU was able to add insurance with another two and that proved important as WC would add two themselves in the bottom half as Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) would go yard with a two-run blast. They had a chance with Facio singling to left and bringing the game-tying run to the plate but Wishner fouled out to first base, which turned into a double play that ended the comeback.
Wishner had a game going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Whitney was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI's and a walk and both Sanchez and MaGee each finished 1-for-3, while combining for two runs scored and four runs batted in.
Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) got the start and went 5.0 innings giving up 10 runs on eight hits. Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) came in relief and went the final two innings but was tagged with the loss giving up four runs on six hits.
Whittier returns to the diamond this Saturday, February 16 when they open up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play with a doubleheader against Pomona-Pitzer. First pitches slated for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.