LA VERNE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team split their final regular season series on the road against University of La Verne on Saturday, winning the first match by a close 1-0 margin before losing the second 10-2. Liz Rodarte had a phenomenal showing in her start, throwing seven shutout innings for a complete game victory, striking out seven. She also plated the winning run in game one to help her cause.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 29-10-1 record overall and 21-7 in the SCIAC, ending the regular season in second place in the conference.
Pomona-Pitzer 1, La Verne 0
The first game was a tense affair as Liz Rodarte was snared into a pitcher's dual against La Verne's Katheryn Navarro. In a game where scoring was sparse, Rodarte emerged the victor after helping her cause with an RBI single. She threw seven innings, surrendering only five hits and striking out seven for her 16th victory of the season.
After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, Rodarte ran into a jam in the bottom of the second with runners on first and second and one out. The following batter, Kayla Giannatasio hit a single to center field, but center fielder, Michelle Calcany Blair threw out the runner from second base, Navarro, out at third. Rodarte proceeded to strike out the next batter to get out of the inning.
The Sagehens finally scored their first run in the top of the third with two outs and runners at the corners when Rodarte hit a single down the middle to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead.
Rodarte held it down for the remainder of the game while helped by her defense to shut out the Leopards for the victory. In the final inning, Rodarte left a runner stranded on first as she induced a fly out to left field to clinch the victory.
Pomona-Pitzer 2, La Verne 10 (5 innings)
The Leopards got their revenge in the second game of the doubleheader, winning via mercy rule. La Verne took the early lead in the first inning thanks to a three-run home run by Melissa Garcia. The Sagehens answered back in the top of the second when Liz Rodarte drew a bases-loaded walk to cut the deficit 3-1. Later in the top of the third, Kristen Hong also drew a bases-loaded walk to cut the lead 3-2. However, that was all the offense the Sagehens would muster.
The Leopards rallied in dramatic fashion, tallying four in the fourth inning to extend their lead 8-2. They added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to clinch the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will head to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to play at Athena Field for the SCIAC Championship on Friday, May 4. They will face Chapman in the first round.