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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team was able to get in a doubleheader Saturday with Pomona-Pitzer opening up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play.
But after the two games, the Purple & Gold saw their record drop to 0-3, 0-2 SCIAC following two tough losses 7-1 and 2-0.
Game 1 (L, 7-1)
The Poets struck first in game one in the bottom half of the first inning. Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) led off the frame with a walk and moved up into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt from Emily Facio (Chino, Calif.). Two batters later Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) drove a bloop single down the left field line that scored Attaway.
This lead wouldn't hold however as the Sagehens would add solo shots in the 2nd and 3rd innings from Deatherage and Brajkovic that gave them a 2-1 lead. This one run advantage held over the next two innings until PP would tack on four runs in the 6th, all-coming on two outs that opened the game up. Whittier looked like they would survive the inning after PP got two runners on, but WC would pick up an error that allowed one run to come in and the inning to continue. After that PP would add a single to left and a double down the left field line that brought in another three that moved the score to 6-1.
In the 7th, the Sagehens tacked on insurance this time off the bat of Rodarte who connected for a solo shot to center.
Whitney and Yolanda Oregel (Anaheim, Calif.) were the only two to record hits against Rodarte. Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) got the start and threw a complete game but was handed the loss giving up seven runs (3 earned) on nine hits, while striking out six.
Game 2 (L, 2-0)
The second game of the doubleheader was a pitcher's dual between Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) and Alondra Reynoso. Melodia threw five innings of shutout softball, giving up three hits. Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) came in relief and picked up her second loss on the season going the final two innings giving up two runs on three hits, which included a solo shot.
In the 6th, Pomona-Pitzer capitalized on an error by Attaway to go in front. Lehner started off the inning with a double to left center and then advanced to third on a wild pitch before coming in to score after an errant throw. Then in the 7th, McCuskey added to the lead with a solo shot to center.
Whittier was held to three hits coming from Attaway, Whitney and Brianna MaGee (Torrance, Calif.).
Whittier remains in conference play next weekend, Saturday, February 23 when they host Chapman University at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.