Comeback Win Gives CMS Sweep Over Pomona-Pitzer Away From Home

Tara Robinson (Photo by John Valenzuela)
Tara Robinson (Photo by John Valenzuela)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – A 7-4 come-from-behind win in the second game of its doubleheader gave the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball team a doubleheader sweep at Pomona-Pitzer on Friday afternoon. With the pair of wins, CMS is now 24-10 overall and 16-6 in SCIAC play.

Game 1: CMS 11, Pomona-Pitzer 0
A pair of big innings carried the Athenas to the 11-0 win in the first game of the doubleheader. CMS got four runs in the top of the second inning off pitcher Fiona Riley (8-15) and capitalized on a pair of errors to take a 4-0 lead. Freshman outfielder Shannon O'Neill, senior infielder Harmony Palmer and freshman infielder Katie Savard all had RBI hits in the inning for CMS. Savard went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in the game.

In the fourth, CMS added two more runs and then broke the game open in the fifth with five runs to make the score 11-0. Two more Pomona-Pitzer errors in the fifth kept the door open for CMS to score its runs. Savard reached base on an error in the inning and on the play, both freshman outfielder Tara Robinson and O'Neill scored. Sophomore Marie Bradvica followed with a two-out, two-run double to right field while junior infielder Megan Latta closed out the run scoring with a single to left that scored Bradvica.

Not to be overlooked by the impressive offensive performance, sophomore pitcher Hayley Schultz (18-3) went the distance and allowed just one hit – a chopper off the plate – to the first batter of the game and struck out three. Palmer, Latta and O'Neill all had two hits for CMS.

Game 1 box score:

Game 2: CMS 7, Pomona-Pitzer 4
After scoring the first run of the game in the top of the first, CMS played from behind for most of the way and didn't actually take its first lead of the game until the seventh inning. Down 1-0, Pomona-Pitzer scored three runs in the bottom of the first.  In the inning Pomona-Pitzer strung together four hits for the three runs as Caitlyn Hynes and Paige Oliver came through with RBI singles.

Down 4-2 in the top of the sixth, CMS evened the score at 4-4 on a two-run double by Savard with two outs. In the seventh, CMS took the lead for good on a double behind second base by Robinson. Palmer followed and gave CMS an insurance run with a single to center that scored Robinson and pushed the lead to 7-4.

Schultz started and then closed out the win for CMS as she pitched 2 1/3 innings to get the save. O'Neill (5-4) got the win for the Athenas. Robinson and Savard each had two RBI for CMS.

Game 2 box score:

Next up for the Athenas is a home doubleheader on Saturday, April 13, at 12 p.m. against Occidental at Athena Field.

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