CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Sagehens took a 2-0 lead over Redlands in game one but back-to-back two-run innings from the Bulldogs would prove too much as Pomona-Pitzer fell 4-2. Taylor Lehner and Izzy Deatherage led the Sagehens with two hits each in game one.
In game two, the Sagehens got out to a 6-0 lead by the top of the second inning but a big six-run second inning from the Bulldogs tied it up. Pomona-Pitzer took the lead once more with a run in the fourth but three unanswered runs from the Bulldogs as the Sagehens fell 9-7. Izzy Deatherage led the offense with three runs and three RBI's while Julia Carreon and Megan Otsuka both had two hits.
The Sagehens will be back in action on Sunday, Mar. 15 at 12:00 p.m. with a doubleheader against Rochester (N.Y.).
Game One – Redlands 4, Pomona-Pitzer 2
After two scoreless innings, the Sagehens broke through in the third inning. Taylor Lehner started the inning with a double to left center and was brought in after a triple from Izzy Deatherage, giving the Sagehens a 1-0 lead. Karina Falkstrom hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought Deatherage home to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead at the end of the third.
The Redlands answered right back in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two runs after a sacrifice fly and double down the left field line, making it 2-2. Taylor Lehner walked to start the fifth inning and Izzy Deatherage hit a double to left field but both runners were left stranded after three straight outs for the Sagehens. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bulldogs battled with two outs, recording a single to right center, a double to left center, then a single up the middle that brought in two runs, giving Redlands a 4-2 lead over the Sagehens. Pomona-Pitzer was unable to get anything going in the sixth or the seventh and fell 4-2 in game one.
Game Two – Redlands 9, Pomona-Pitzer 7
After Taylor Lehner walked to start game two, Izzy Deatherage brought her home in style, hitting a two-run bomb over left center. Julia Carreon singled down the left field line and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. A Megan Otsuka single to right field moved Carreon over to third and a sacrifice fly from Zoey Joshlin brought Carreon home, giving the Sagehens an early 3-0 lead. Pomona-Pitzer gave up two hits in the bottom of the first and a walk but worked out of it, stranding all three runners with no damage done.
The Sagehens kept things rolling in the second inning, this time with two outs. Taylor Lehner hit a single through the right side and Izzy Deatherage followed in pursuit with one through the left side. Julia Carreon hit a single of her own, loading the bases. Katy Hurley singled to the pitcher to bring in Taylor Lehner and Megan Otsuka hit a single to left field to bring in Deatherage and Carreon, giving Pomona-Pitzer a 6-0 lead over the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs wasted no time getting back in the contest as they recorded five hits in the bottom of the second inning to record six runs, tying the game at 6-6. All five of the Bulldogs' hits were singles and the Sagehens couldn't escape the trouble, walking a run in before a sacrifice fly and a pop up to second ended the inning.
After a quick scoreless third inning by both teams, the Sagehens were back on top in the fourth inning after a solo homerun from Izzy Deatherage gave Pomona-Pitzer a 7-6 lead. Redlands battled right back as they did in the second, hittig an RBI double to left center and a RBI single to left field, regaining the lead at 8-7. Redlands struck once more in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double to center field, taking a 9-7 lead and eventual victory over the Sagehens.
What's Up Next
As mentioned, the Sagehens will be back in action on Mar. 13 with a doubleheader against Rochester (N.Y.) with games at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.