Riley, Bleichner Named First-Team All-SCIAC, Four Chosen To Second Team
Claremont, Calif. - Freshman pitcher Fiona Riley (Berkeley, Calif. - pictured) and freshman outfielder Leah Bleichner (Simi Valley, Calif.) were named first-team All-SCIAC, while four teammates were named to the second team, it was announced today by the conference office.
The second-team selections for the Sagehens included freshman catcher Emily Glass (Davis, Calif.), senior first baseman Bri Marcantoni (Chino Hills, Calif.), freshman third baseman Jessica Liu (Alamo, Calif.), and sophomore designated player Caitlyn Hynes (Upland, Calif.).
Pomona-Pitzer set a school record for wins in a season with 22, and qualified for the SCIAC Tournament for the first time since 2008 by finishing third in the conference with a 15-9 regular season record.
Riley took over as the team's No. 1 pitcher early in the year and was a big reason why the Sagehens had their success. She ended the season with 13 wins, including four shutouts in conference games, the last of which was a two-hit gem in a 5-0 win over eventual conference champion CMS.
Bleichner was the top hitter for Pomona-Pitzer in her rookie season, ending the year with a .394 batting average and 31 runs scored. She was also second in RBI with 25, first in stolen bases with six, and played outstanding defense in center field, where she made several highlight-reel type catches and had 11 assists on the year with her arm.
Glass spent most of the season at catcher, and also played a few games at third base, and batted .386 on the year with a team-high 14 doubles. She hit her first collegiate home run in her first career postseason at-bat in the SCIAC Tournament and was one of the team's top clutch hitters.
Marcantoni capped off her standout career with the Sagehens by leading the team in home runs (four) and RBI (29). She had several clutch hits in extra innings to help Pomona-Pitzer to six walk-off wins at home, and was excellent defensively at first base, where her fielding percentage was .988.
Liu was a versatile performer for Pomona-Pitzer after overcoming ACL surgery in her senior year of high school. She batted .302 as the team's part-time leadoff hitter and committed only five errors at third base on the year, while also seeing some time in the pitching circle, compiling a 3-3 record and a 3.74 ERA.
Hynes earned All-SCIAC honors for the second year in a row after batting an even .300 for the Sagehens. She had one of the most important hits of the season, when her RBI double in the seventh capped off a comeback in a 3-2 win over La Verne, which clinched a SCIAC Touranment berth.
The youth movement of the Sagehens was clearly evident with four freshmen earning All-SCIAC honors in their first seasons. Pomona-Pitzer could have easily had a fifth freshman honored, but Ashley Morello (Santa Cruz, Calif.) was squeezed out despite hitting .368, due to the depth of quality outfielders in the SCIAC. The Sagehens started six freshmen for most of the year, as second baseman Meagan Tokunaga (Albany, Calif.) also started every game.