Softball loses 4-2 twice in one day

Freshman infielder Samantha Tong bats in the Panthers’ 8-1 loss against Ithaca College March 16.

The softball team lost both games in a doubleheader Saturday against second-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which has beaten the Panthers in 12 out of the teams’ last 14 matchups since 2014.

With the two losses, both by a score of 4-2, the Panthers are tied for third place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

After going down 2-0 in the first inning of the first game, the Panthers (13-11, 7-7) were never able to gain a lead on the Athenas (12-12, 10-4), who went up 4-0 before the Panthers were able to get runs in the sixth and seventh inning.

With this loss, the teams went into the second game of the day, when the Panthers had the chance to respond. For most of the game, the score was tied at 2-2 after both teams scored two runs in the first inning. However, the Athenas scored two more times in the fifth and sixth innings to record their second win of the day.

In the first game, the Panthers recorded three hits compared to the Athenas’ six. The second game saw the Athenas out-hit the Panthers nine to four.

The Panthers will see the Athenas again in a series to end the regular season later this month.

Following the two losses, the Panthers head into the second half of their season tied for third place in the conference with Whittier College. The Panthers play last-place Pomona-Pitzer at home at El Camino Real Park April 8 at noon and 2 p.m.

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