CLAREMONT, Ca. – The Pomona-Pitzer softball team split with Hope Int'l with a 2-1 loss in game one and a 10-1 five inning victory in game two. The hightlight of the day came in game two with a two-RBI home run from Devin Waddell and a three-RBI home run from Natalie Murguia. The Sagehens are now 4-6 on the year and will host WPI on Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer 1, Hope Int'l 2
The Sagehens fell short in the first game of their doubleheader against Hope International University, losing 2-1 in a closely contested battle.
The game got off to a rocky start for Pomona-Pitzer, as Hope International managed to score a run in the first inning. Hope International singled to center field and drove in a run to take a 1-0 lead. In the same inning, Hope Int'l hit a single to center field, allowing the runner on first to advance to third and ultimately score an unearned run. This put Hope International ahead by two runs early on. Pomona-Pitzer was unable to answer back until the sixth inning, when they managed to get on the scoreboard. Emily Hurtado singled to left center, driving Shelby Hawkes to earn the Sagehens first run. Despite their best efforts, Pomona-Pitzer was unable to score any more runs, and the game ended with a 2-1 victory for Hope International.
Pomona-Pitzer 10, Hope Int'l 1, Five Innings
The Pomona-Pitzer softball team bounced back from their loss in the first game of their doubleheader against Hope International University by winning the second game in a dominant fashion. Pomona-Pitzer defeated Hope International 10-1 in just five innings, ending the game early due to the mercy rule.
Hope International started off strong, scoring a run in the first inning thanks to a double down the left field line. This gave Hope International an early 1-0 lead. However, Pomona-Pitzer quickly responded in the bottom of the first inning. Devin Waddell singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw, driving in Kylie Liu and tying the game at 1-1. Amanda Robman followed up with a single to third base, driving in Waddell and giving Pomona-Pitzer a 2-1 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer continued their strong performance in the third inning, with Waddell hitting a two-run homer to left field, driving in Emily Hurtado and giving the team a 4-1 lead. Natalie Murguia also contributed in the third inning with a single to right field, driving in Robman and putting Pomona-Pitzer up 5-1. Addie Wasikonis then hit a single and advanced to second on the throw, driving in two more runs and extending Pomona-Pitzer's lead to 7-1.
In the fourth inning, Pomona-Pitzer put the game out of reach for Hope International with a three-run homer by Murguia down the right field line, driving in Robman and Waddell and ending the game with a final score of 10-1.
Erika Rivera pitched for 3.2 innings for Pomona-Pitzer, allowing five hits and one run while striking out six batters. Emma Holt replaced her in the fourth inning and pitched for 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two batters. The pitching duo combined for a total of eight strikeouts and allowed only one run throughout the game.