CLAREMONT, Ca. – The Pomona-Pitzer softball team earned the doubleheader sweep over the No. 22 WPI Engineers on Wednesday afternoon. Kylie Liu led the Sagehens in game one with two hits and two runs while Amanda Robman recorded three hits in game two with Devin Waddell and Bella Carreon both hitting home runs in game two. The Sagehens will be back in action on Friday when they host Buena Vista at 1:00 p.m. and Manhattanville at 3:00 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer 4, WPI 1
The Sagehens wasted little time in game one as Kylie Liu hit a double to center field in the leadoff spot for the Sagehens, advancing to third on a throwing error. Devin Waddell got the scoring started with an RBI ground out to second base, scoring Liu to give Pomona-Pitzer a 1-0 lead. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when Kylie Liu hit a solo home run to extend the lead to 2-0.
The WPI Engineers didn't give up and tried to rally back in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI single to center field, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Pomona-Pitzer quickly responded in the bottom of the inning. Lauren Ziment hit a single to center field, advancing Amanda Robman to third while bringing home Claire Sefkow. With Robman on third base, a wild pitch from the WPI pitcher allowed her to score, giving Pomona-Pitzer a comfortable 4-1 lead and eventual victory in game one over the Engineers.
Devin Waddell was on top of her game, pitching a complete seven-inning game, allowing only three hits and striking out six batters, including a strikeout to end the game in the top of the seventh.
Pomona-Pitzer 5, WPI 0
Lauren Ziment got things started for the Sagehens with a single through the right side, bringing in Amanda Robman for the first run of the game in the third inning. Despite WPI's best efforts to stop Pomona-Pitzer's offensive momentum, they couldn't prevent Bella Carreon from hitting a homer to left center in the fourth inning, adding another run to the board, doubling the Sagehens lead to 2-0.
Pomona-Pitzer continued to apply pressure in the fifth inning when Addie Wasikonis singled up the middle, bringing in two runs. The hit allowed Shelby Hawkes to advance to second, while Natalie Murguia and Emily Hurtado crossed home plate.
The Sagehens were a few feet short of a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth after Merrell Simonsen came in to pinch hit with bases loaded. Simonsen got a hold of one, sending it to the warning track but the Engineers made the catch to avoid the big play. Devin Waddell sealed the victory in the sixth inning with a homer to right field, scoring the fifth and final run for the team. The Engineers were unable to muster a comeback in the remaining innings.
On the defensive side of things, pitchers Erika Rivera and Emma Holt combined for a shutout performance. Rivera started the game, pitching for five innings and allowing just four hits, while striking out four batters. Holt came in for the last two innings, giving up only one hit and striking out four batters as well.