Haaker hacks Sagehens with 3 doubles in win

by Damien Alarcon
Sports Editor

Robin Haaker made college softball look easy Saturday when the junior pitcher went 3-for-3 with three doubles in the 7-2 win over hosting Pomona-Pitzer.

Haaker also pitched a three-hitter to advance the Leopards to 8-4 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), 22-12 overall. She currently holds a .475 batting average, one of the best in the SCIAC, and has a 1.94 ERA. She had five strikeouts and four walks.

“I’m stoked,” said Haaker. “It seems that today, I remembered how to hit hard. This is my best performance. I’ve never gone 3 for 3.”

Haaker, the lead-off hitter, commenced action immediately in the first inning. With the count full, Haaker was able to begin the game with a double to left field. Followed by a sacrifice bunt by senior shortstop Kari Abbott, senior left fielder Lindsey Weber hit an RBI single to score Haaker.

In the third inning, Haaker scored once again, this time from an Abbott single to center field. Abbott then scored from from a Weber hit to bring the score to 3-0. The Sagehens managed to answer back in the bottom of the third.

With bases loaded, senior catcher Keeley Wynne hit a liner to right field, scoring freshman pitcher Karen Hamilton but was thrown out at first by Leopard right fielder Katie Andrews. Sophomore first baseman Sharon Silveira hit into what became a fielder’s choice and brought in senior outfielder Emily Macrae for Pomona-Pitzer’s final score of the game.

To begin the fourth, senior catcher Kadie Tillema hit a double to center field. Two batters later, senior infielder Heather Johnson connected with a single to left, scoring Tillema. Johnson scored on a fielder’s choice by a Jen Guerrero hit.

Senior infielder Sophia Garcia had an RBI single to bring in Haaker in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Haaker hit an RBI double to score sophomore infielder Melissa Macias for La Verne’s final score.

Garcia went 2-for-4 on the day with a single and a double. For the Sagehens, Macrae went 2-for-3 with two singles.

Only half of the effort was needed by the Leopards to gain both wins. Saturday was originally scheduled to hold a double-header, but when Sagehen freshman left fielder Shannon Coggins suffered an injury from the first game, Pomona-Pitzer had no other option but to forfeit. Nine players are necessary to be considered a team, and the Saghens had only eight.

This is the second game that the Sagehens (3-7, 6-18 overall) have forfeited this season. They forfeited a win against Redlands in an early SCIAC matchup for using an ineligible player.

The Leopards will conclude conference play tomorrow when the SCIAC single round robin tournament enters its third and final day.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is in first place and, by the end of the weekend, should be expected to capture the SCIAC championship. They are undefeated in conference (12-0, 22-9 overall) and are ahead of Cal Lutheran, which holds the second place standing by three games.

La Verne is in third place (8-4, 15-11 overall) in SCIAC.

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