Corley’s Grand Slam Powers Softball Past CMS

The Pomona-Pitzer women's softball team stunned CMS in the first game of their double-header last Saturday, winning 6-5. After falling to the first-place Athenas twice earlier in the season, the Sagehens capitalized on a clutch grand slam from senior captain Ali Corley PO ‘11 in the 5th inning and held on to win the game by a run. Pitcher Carolyn Cross PO ’13 turned in another fine performance, allowing four earned runs in seven innings of work.

According to Cross, the team came out with a “new level of energy and determination.” The Sagehens took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Caitlin Hynes PO ’14 singled and scored on an RBI single by Corley. The Athenas, however, rallied in the bottom of the first inning to jump ahead 4-1. The Hens narrowed the CMS lead to two runs in the bottom of the second when Jamie Goldberg PO ’11 singled and drove in Jamie Garcia PO ’14. Cross pitched two shutout innings before the Athenas scored on an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 5-2.

With one out in the 5th inning and the game looking bleak for P-P, the Sagehens loaded the bases on singles by Alexis Garcia PZ ’11, Hynes, and Arianna Roach PZ ’14. Corley stepped up to the plate and hit a monster grand slam over the center-field fence, making the score 6-5. Cross went on to close out the game, pitching three more innings of scoreless ball.

The Hens look to build on this upset and finish the season on a high note. “I’m really excited about the win because I think it will mark a turning point in our season,” Corley said. “We are turning the corner to greatness, and we need to use the win to keep our momentum up and get to the tournament.”

The Hens will face Whittier College today in a double header. The first game begins at 2 p.m.

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