The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens faced off against their rivals Saturday taking on the CMS Athenas in a double header at home. The Athenas won both games against their rival, as the Sagehens dropped the first game 3-2 and the second 7-3.
In the first game, an extremely close, back-and-forth game, sisters and starting pitchers Sagehen Melanie Gularte (PZ ’10) and Athena Rebecca Gularte (SC ’12) both pitched well, but the younger of the two went the distance and got the win, as the Sagehens fell 3-2. CMS took the lead in the first on an RBI groundout, but the Sagehens immediately responded, scoring on an RBI single from Alexis Garcia (PZ ’11). The Sagehens broke the 1-1 tie scoring one run on an RBI groundout from Jamie Golberg (PO ’11) after loading the bases in the fourth on two consecutive singles from Kathryn Rabak (PO ’13) and Brianna Marcantoni (PO ’12) and a botched defensive play on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Emily Buika (PZ ’12). Two runs would not prove to be enough, however, as two walks and what proved to be the game winning two-RBI double put the Athenas back ahead 3-2 in the top half of the fifth. Melanie Gularte finished with five gutsy innings, giving up three runs on five hits striking out four on ninety-seven pitches. Two strong scoreless innings from Carolyn Cross (PO ’13) gave the Sagehens a chance, but they stranded Marcantoni and Cross at third base in the sixth and seventh innings and came up just short.
In the second game, the Sagehens scored twice in the top half of the first, as Arianna Roach (PZ ’12) and Carolyn Cross scored on a sacrifice fly and passed ball. CMS tied the game in the third, but again the Sagehens immediately responded, as Alyssa Corley (PO ’11) scored on a Kathryn Rabak single giving Pomona-Pitzer a 3-2 advantage. That would be all the Sagehens would muster as they allowed three in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth, eventually falling 7-3.