Robinson’s Bat and Jewett’s Arm Prove Vital to Athenas

When first baseman Katie Savard CM ’16 stepped up to the
plate in the top of the seventh inning of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ March 20 matchup with Chapman University, she knew that this was the Athenas’
last chance to mount a comeback and defeat the Panthers. 

With CMS down by three
runs and the bases loaded, Savard had a prime opportunity to put a dent in
Chapman’s (7-10, 5-8 SCIAC) lead. She rose to the occasion by sending a single out to left center
to bring home center fielder Tara Robinson CM ’16 and right fielder Janelle
Shiozaki CM ’16, cutting CMS’s deficit to one.

Next, left
fielder Alexa Heydenberk CM ’17 came up to bat with second baseman Brooklyn
Robinson SC ’16 standing on third with potential to bring home the tying run. Heydenberk
kept the scoring going for CMS by smacking another single to left center to
plate Brooklyn and Savard and deliver the Athenas the lead.

“Being the amazing team that we are, we
channeled our frustrations effectively and were able to create a rally of our
own,” Robinson said. “This game stands out the most in my mind because we were able
to all come together and do whatever it took to win, even in the face of major
adversity.”

This four-run outburst gave the Athenas the 7-6 victory, their first of three wins over the
weekend. After this initial defeat of the Panthers, CMS replicated its feat
by defeating Chapman 9-4 later that day and then splitting its March 21 series
with Linfield College (12-5).

Robinson continued
her hot streak in the second half of the double-header against Chapman to collect three hits and four runs in the game, including a single in the third inning to
kick-start a three-run Athena rally. Brooklyn came up next and launched a
double to left field, allowing Robinson to come around to score. Mikayla O’Neal CM ’16 kept
the score going for CMS with a sacrifice bunt to plate Brooklyn, and then
Heydenberk scored on a wild pitch after reaching on a fielder’s choice.

The following
day, Linfield proved to be a tough opponent in the two teams’ first matchup as
CMS fell to the Wildcats 9-4.

“We lost a really tough game,” pitcher Andrea Jewett
CM ’17 said. “These two
games were big as we knocked Linfield out of the post season last year. They
came in excited and hungry for a win, and we played hard but came up short.”

Despite the loss,
the Athenas were able to regain momentum and swept Linfield 8-0 in the second
game. Jewett delivered a standout performance for the Athenas, shutting out
Linfield throughout the five-inning game.

“This was a huge
testament to our work ethic and our competitive drive as a team,” Jewett said. “We
really came together and put the first game behind us, and every single player
contributed to the win. Linfield has somewhat easily swept almost all of the
other SCIAC teams, and taking a game away from them was a huge statement that
definitely spoke to our talent and synergy as a team.”

The Athenas will next play in another double-header, this time against the University
of Redlands (11-13, 5-9 SCIAC) March 27.

“I
can’t wait to see where this season takes us; we know that we are good enough
to go all the way to the top, and we won’t stop working hard until we get
there,” Robinson said. 

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