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SAGEHENS PITCHING QUIETS OXY BATS

By Ryan Rodriguez
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LOS ANGELES – The Occidental College softball team (4-22, 2-16 SCIAC) managed just nine hits and three runs on Saturday, falling twice to Pomona-Pitzer (18-12, 11-5 SCIAC) in a pair of SCIAC games at Bell Field.

GAME 1: Pomona–Pitzer 6, Occidental 1

Jacqueline Shimamoto (Santa Clarita) continued her strong season for the Tigers going 2 for 3 with a run scored. The 5-foot-3 sophomore, who's hitting .468 on the season, started off the game with a double and was eventually brought home on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Noone (Orange), giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

But Oxy struggled offensively after that, picking up just two more hits on the game.

Fiona Riley pitched a complete game for the Sagehens, with Shimamoto's run her only blemish.

Pomona took control in the fourth a fifth innings with five runs against Oxy starter Brittany Vacura (Elk Grove). Leah Bleichner led the offensive charge for the Sagehens going 3 for 4 with a home run, three RBI's, and two runs scored.

Shimamoto singled in the sixth and Noone collected the other hit for Oxy in the seventh. Kristine Kocjan (Redwood City) reached base on a walk in the fifth.

GAME 2: Pomona–Pitzer 8, Occidental 2

Shimamoto and Kocjan both went 2 for 4 and Oxy was better at the plate in Game 2, but the Tigers came up with just two runs.

The bigger problem was stopping the Sagehens though.

Oxy's Amber Garland (Torrance) was in trouble all game as Pomona collected 15 hits in Game 2. Garland alternated between giving up runs or escaping the jams with the help of her defense.

Hits came in droves as the Sagehens seemed to have a good read on how Garland was attacking them. Ari Roach went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Emily Glass went 3-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored to pace the Pomona offense.

The pitching tandem of Jessica Liu and Leah Bleichner combined to hold the Tigers down for the game while getting stellar defense from shortstop Ari Roach.