Claremont, Calif. – Shortstop Linda Park drove in five runs in the doubleheader as the defending SCIAC champion Redlands softball team took two from Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, capturing the opening game 12-4 and winning the nightcap 9-0 in five innings.
With the losses, Pomona-Pitzer slips to 3-5 overall and starts off conference play 0-2. Redlands improves to 4-4 overall and 4-0 in the SCIAC.
Redlands started off the opener as Amanda Clark singled and came around to score on a wild pitch in the top of the first. An Arlene Martinez sacrifice fly in the second scored the Bulldogs second run, and Rikki Scates, who was 4-for-4 in the opener, had an RBI double in the fourth to stretch it to 3-0.
Scates added another RBI single as part of a four-run fifth inning to make the score 7-0, and Amanda Lievanos hit a two-run homer in sixth to stretch the Redlands lead to 9-0.
The Sagehens battled in the bottom half of the sixth for four runs, as Caitlyn Hynes led off with a double. After shortstop Ari Roach drew a walk, Bri Marcantoni ripped an RBI single to center to score Hynes with the first run for Pomona-Pitzer, and pinch-runner Stephanie Boden scored on a wild pitch to take the run rule out of play. The Sagehens added two more runs on an error and a wild pitch, before a three-run homer from Linda Park capped off the scoring for Redlands in the top of the seventh.
Rikki Scates was 4-for-4 with two RBI in the opening game, while Lievanos was 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI, and Park was 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. Freshman third baseman Jessica Liu (pictured) was 2-for-4 for the Sagehens in the loss. Kayla Uphold got the win the circle for the Bulldogs, allowing five hits and two earned runs.
In the nightcap, Jessica Liu made her pitching debut for the Sagehens and kept Redlands at bay for the first two innings, but Park had an RBI double as part of a three-run third to give the Bulldogs the 3-0 lead. Sarah Beeman added an RBI single and the third run came home on a wild pitch.
Redlands tacked on four more runs in the fourth, including a two-run single from Lievanos. Jen Boschken added a pinch-hit two-run homer in the fifth to finish out the scoring. Amanda Clark was 3-for-3 with two runs scored in the nightcap, while Park was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Liu had a single in her only at-bat to finish off a 3-for-5 day at the plate. Brenna Reulas allowed three hits to get the win for the Redlands.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next weekend for a home doubleheader with Occidental on Saturday at 12 p.m.