Offensive Woes Lead to Losses for Sagehens

The Pomona-Pitzer softball team (6-11, 2-6 SCIAC) faced a few
bumps in the road in SCIAC play as they lost both games of a doubleheader
against Chapman University March 7, bringing their record in the last five games down to 1-5.

The Sagehens were defeated 4-0 and then 5-2
by the Panthers, due in part to a lack of offensive attacks. The team was held scoreless in the first game, despite hits by center fielder Leah Bleichner
PO ’15, second baseman Meagan Tokunaga PO ’15 and outfielder Kelsey Buchanan PO
’18. 

The Hens’ first run of the day did not come until the third inning of the nightcap. First baseman Emily Rockhill PO ’18 hit an RBI single to cut Chapman’s lead to 2-1. Tokunaga
tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI double in the fourth, but the Sagehens could
not respond to three more runs put up by Chapman. The game ended with a final score of 5-2.

The uniting factor in both these games was a lack of productive offense. Head coach Joanne Ferguson was proud of her
team’s defensive and pitching efforts, and rightfully so. The P-P pitching staff and defense only allowed four hits over
five innings in the first game. 

“Our defense played well and our pitchers held
Chapman to a handful of runs,” Ferguson said. “Our offense just didn’t come
alive. Our bats went silent.”

The team is doing everything in its power
to limit this phenomenon to a one-time occurrence. Both the players and coaches
recognize the offensive potential of the team. The Hens have been showing focus and
consistent work ethic, and the girls know what they need to improve for next
week’s games. 

“Our defense and pitchers did really well, but we need to back them up
with runs and give them some room to breathe,” Buchanan said. “We have been
working hard this week to build confidence hitting and we’ll be back as an
offensive powerhouse Saturday.”

In the long run, the team is planning to
increase its presence and put pressure on the top teams in SCIAC. The
first-years have provided offensive power to the line-up, and the defense is
growing stronger by the week. With the amazing potential of her team, Ferguson is anticipating a strong showing
in coming weeks. 

“Everyone on this team is working hard and is dedicated to
making this program better,” Ferguson said. “I want the team to peak in March and
April, and I believe we will.”

The Sagehens look to turn their season around March 14 when they take on their Sixth Street rivals, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas, in a doubleheader at home. Following the games against CMS, P-P will have five days off from games over spring break.

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