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February 26, 2012

SOFTBALL DROPS TWO AT POMONA-PITZER

Allison Clark
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GAME 1: Pomona 9, Occidental 1

LOS ANGELES—In game one of their double header at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, the Occidental College (3-9) softball team gave up seven runs in the second inning and was never able to recover, losing 9-1 in five innings.

The Sagehens (5-5) got on the board in the first inning off a single by Leah Bleichner that scored one.

But Pomona didn't stop there.  The Sagehens brought around seven runs in the second inning and an error scored another run in the fourth, putting Pomona ahead 9-0.

Kristine Kocjan (Redwood City) knocked in the only Tiger run off a double in the top of the fifth, but it turned out to be the only run for Oxy, and the game was called after the top half of the inning due to the eight-run rule.

GAME 2: Pomona 8, Occidental 0

In almost identical fashion to game one of their double header, the Occidental College softball team struggled through another seven run inning to Pomona-Pitzer, losing in five innings 8-0.

Oxy held the Sagehens scoreless through the first two innings, with pitcher Amber Garland (Torrance) only giving up one hit.  But Oxy could not get in a flow offensively, reaching base only once in the first three innings.

Pomona's bats springed back to life in the bottom of the third, putting up seven runs on six hits, a walk, and an error.

Garland faced eleven batters in the deciding third, by far her toughest inning so far this season.

Garland battled through the onslaught of Sagehens, as did her defense, but the damage was already done. 

The Tigers only had three base runners the rest of the game and were unable to come back from their early deficit.

Occidental never found the flow offensively on Saturday afternoon. Game two was called after the bottom of the fifth inning once Pomona picked up their eighth run.