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March 27, 2012

Lewis & Clark Cools Off Sagehens In 7-2 Win

Claremont, Calif. - Moriah Lane had a two-run homer and Caitlin Basilio added a two-run double as the Lewis & Clark Softball team defeated Pomona-Pitzer 7-2 on Tuesday.

Freshman catcher Emily Glass (Davis, Calif.) was 2-for-3 and Emily Buika (Long Beach, Calif.) was 1-for-2 with a walk to set up both runs for the Sagehens, who fall to 15-9 with the loss. Lewis & Clark, which came into the game winless against a difficult schedule, improves to 1-20 with the victory.

Pomona-Pitzer fell behind quickly 3-0 as Caroline DeVincenzi doubled down the left field line in the first and came home on two wild pitches. Lane hit a two-run homer in the third to stretch the lead to 3-0, and after Buika singled and Ari Roach (Pinole, Calif.) had a two-out RBI single in the bottom half to make the score 3-1, the Pioneers exploded for four runs in the fourth, all coming with two outs and nobody on base.

Jet'aime Mullins had a pinch hit RBI single to make the score 4-1, and Basilio hit a two-run double to make it 6-1. A bases-loaded RBI single from Caitlin Relyea stretched the lead to 7-1, and only a good defensive play on a grounder up the middle by Roach at shortstop prevented further damage.

The Sagehens had a chance to make some headway in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and one out after walks to Buika and Roach around a single from freshman Jessica Liu (Alamo, Calif.). Senior first baseman Bri Marcantoni (Chino Hills, Calif.) looked like she might make a bid for a grand slam to left, but didn't get enough of the ball and had to settle for a routine sacrifice fly to left before reliever Natalie Rose got out of the jam with a comebacker.

Freshman pitcher Fiona Riley (Berkeley, Calif.) did a good job in relief, allowing just one hit in three innings of work to try to keep the Sagehens in it, but Rose only allowed the one hit to Liu in her three innings of relief as well. Pinch hitter Shannon Julius (Coronado, Calif.) ended the game with a bullet of a line drive that she hit right at third baseman Amanda Rabith, who made the clutch stab for the final out.

Roach was 1-for-2 with a walk at the plate for the Sagehens as well, while neither team committed an error in the field. DeVincenzi was 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Pioneers in their win. Madison Hollenbeck threw four innings for the victory, before giving way to Rose for the save.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Friday for a SCIAC doubleheader at CMS, in a make-up from last weekend's rainout.