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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team returned to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Saturday falling in a sweep to No. 11 Claremont-M-S 6-4 and 2-0.
The Purple & Gold proved a tough match-up for the Athenas but couldn't break through for an upset win as they drop their second consecutive doubleheader. Whittier now drops to 8-12-1, 5-7 SCIAC, while Claremont-M-S improves to 18-5, 12-0 SCIAC.
The doubleheader featured two of the top offensive teams in the SCIAC with both teams coming in with team batting averages well over .300. However the nightcap featured only five hits combined. Whittier had three of the five and CMS with the other two.
Game 1 (L, 6-4)
Whittier faced off against freshman Lauren Richards in the circle in game one. Both teams combined for 10 runs with seven of them coming in the 1st inning. The Purple & Gold struck first with three runs in the top half. Brianna MaGee (Torrance, calif.) led off the game with a triple to left center. Two batters later Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) tripled to left center bringing in one and she then came in to score after a single from Hayley Wishner (Chino, Calif.).
Wishner advanced to second following a groundout by Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) and then came in to score following a Yolanda Oregel (Anaheim, Calif.) single to left center. This lead for WC wouldn't hold though as CMS would storm back with a four spot in the bottom half coming on five hits. Koneti drove in one with single up the middle and Richards converted a two out double to right center that cleared the bases.
The Athenas added to their lead in the 3rd with a pair of runs, again coming on a Richards double to right field. These insurance runs would prove huge for CMS as Whittier would tack on a run in the 7th. They strung together back-to-back-to-back hits from Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.), Magee, and Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) to cut the deficit to two but couldn't keep it going as a force out at third on a fielders choice, a pop-out and a groundout would end the threat.
Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) threw a complete game giving up six runs on eight hits. She drops to 5-5. MaGee finished 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. She also drew a walk. Wishner was 3-for-4 with a run and RBI and Attaway was 1-for-4 scoring once and driving in another.
Game 2 (L, 2-0)
CMS was able to get two runs across in the first inning, which held up as the only runs the rest of the way. Chloe Amarilla led off with a walk and moved to second on a single from Molly Spaniac. After a wild pitch moved the runners up a base, Megan Perron hit a line drive to right field that was caught, but scored Amarilla from third for a sacrifice fly to make the score 1-0. Megan Valdez then followed with a successful squeeze bunt, with Spaniac sliding home under the tag with the second run.
The Poets picked up two hits in the 3rd inning from Emily Facio (Chino, Calif.) and Whitney but couldn't use them as a double play would end the threat. The only other base hit WC earned was in the 1st from Whitney who doubled to right center.
Whittier returns to action this Friday, March 29 when they host Occidental College with game times set for 2:00pm and 4:00pm.