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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team picked up a huge upset win over No. 3 Ithaca College Thursday afternoon taking Game 1 7-6 before being shutout 2-0 in the second game of the doubleheader.
Game 1 (W, 7-6)
It was a back and forth battle in the first game. Whittier struck first in the bottom half of the 2nd. Hannah Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) started the rally off with a single up the middle before moving into scoring position with a stolen base. She then moved up to third due to a wild pitch and then came in to score off the bat of Yolanda Oregel (Anaheim, Calif.) who drove a base hit into right field.
The Poets tacked on another in the 3rd. Freshman Brianna MaGee (Torrance, Calif.) started things off with a double down the left field line before stealing third. Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) then scored her with a deep sacrifice fly to center. This lead held until the 5th when Ithaca was able to plate three runs on two hits, all coming with two outs. This gave them a 3-2 lead, which they didn't hold for very long as WC would come back with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) reached to start things off on an error by the left fielder. MaGee followed with a single to left center and Whitney drove them both in with a double to the left center field gap. Whitney then advanced to third on a passed ball and then came in after a single from Naomi Martinez (Marina Del Rey, Calif.). Whittier led 5-3 going into the 6th but couldn't hold it as the Bombers would add a pair of singles, a double and a sacrifice fly that brought in a pair, which tied things up. In the bottom half WC regained the lead. Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) started things off with a pinch hit walk. She was subbed for Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) who then stole second. After a batters interference, Ha came up huge with a triple to deep center, scoring Sanchez and Ha eventually came in with a Whitney single to center.
These two runs proved huge for the Purple & Gold as Ithaca would rally in the 7th for one off a double from Mulvey. But she would remain stranded there as Holden would groundout to the shortstop ending the threat.
Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) was huge in the circle throwing a complete game giving up six runs on 10 hits. She also had a strikeout as she improves to 4-2, winning her last four starts.
MaGee finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Whitney was 2-for-2 with a scored and four runs batted in and Angileri was 1-for-3 scoring once. Sanchez also added a 1-for-2 effort with a run scored and Ha was 1-for-3 scoring twice and driving in another.
Game 2 (L, 2-0)
It was a low scoring game in the second game of the doubleheader. Ithaca added runs in the 5th and 6th to pull off the shutout. Whittier had a chance to go on top quickly earning bases loaded with no outs but couldn't capitalize as Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) popped up to shallow center followed by back-to-back strikeouts from Angileri and Oregel.
Over the next six innings Whittier was held to just three hits. MaGee finished 2-for-3 along with Whitney and Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.) finished 2-for-2.
Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) got the start and went a complete game giving up those two runs on six hits, which included a solo homerun. She drops to 0-4.
Whittier gets back into Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play tomorrow, Saturday, March 16 when they travel to take on the University of La Verne with first pitches slated for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.