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April 21, 2012

SHIMAMOTO SISTERS RECORD BIG DAYS IN SEASON FINALE

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

 

LOS ANGELESJacqueline Shimamoto (Santa Clarita) capped off her stellar season from the plate, going 2 for 5 with an RBI, a double and a pair of walks.

But her sister and the Whittier College Poets one-upped Oxy, beating the Tigers in both games of their season finale at Palmer Field on Saturday.

The Tigers fell 7-3 in Game 1, and 4-0 in Game 2.

Emi Shimamoto (Santa Clarita) was 6 for 7 with a home run, three doubles and five RBIs.

Jacky, who's been one of a few bright spots for Oxy (4-28, 4-22 SCIAC) all season, wasn't too shabby either. The sophomore center fielder's impressive day actually dropped her team-leading season batting average to .417. The lefty reached base safely in 19 of her 28 games played this season.

After the Poets (23-15, 13-11 SCIAC) took a 5-0 lead with a two-run second inning and three-run third in the first game, Oxy chipped away at the lead, but didn't get closer than 5-2 in the fourth.

In the second game, Whittier scored a pair of runs in the third and two more in the fifth while holding Oxy to just three hits.

Courtney Delano pitched a shutout for the Poets in Game 2, going seven innings with three strikeouts.

Brittany Vacura (Elk Grove) went six innings with two earned runs and eight strikeouts in a losing effort as Oxy's starter in Game 2.

Julia Nicholson (Upland) was the only other Tiger to have a multi-hit day, going 2 for 6.