Chapman’s softball team faced a four-game weekend April 22-23, but only came out with one win on the weekend.
In a doubleheader at Whittier College April 22, Chapman (12-20, 6-16) fell to the Poets in both games. The Panthers lost to 8-4 in the first game and 11-4 in the second game.
Thanks to a home run from Lisa Perez, the Panthers found themselves in the lead in the top of the first inning, but soon lost it after a home run from the Poets (17-19, 9-15). From that point on, the Panthers were never able to claim the lead again, despite tying the game up in the third inning. The Poets were able to wrap the game up with a three-run home run in the fourth inning.
Later in the day, Chapman fell to the same fate, but by a bigger margin. The Poets took the lead early, leaving Panthers unable to mount a successful comeback.
The game was close in the first half of the game with the Poets leading 5-4 by the end of the fourth inning. However, Whittier then put up six runs in the sixth inning with two home runs, putting the game out of reach for Chapman.
On April 23, Chapman split its Saturday doubleheader against Pomona-Pitzer (12-24, 9-15). Pomona-Pitzer won the first game by a score of 3-0 and Chapman came back and won the second game 8-0.
The first game was close throughout, but Chapman found itself unable to establish any significant offense.
Chapman came back for the second game and did a complete 180. While the Panthers were shut out in the first game, the Panthers provided Pomona-Pitzer with the same fate, and mounted a strong offensive performance.
The main difference was the third inning of the second game. The Panthers scored six runs, and had two home runs in the third, and received a shutout, six-inning pitching performance from freshman pitcher Samantha Whalen.
The Panthers will face a rescheduled doubleheader against the University of Redlands (23-11, 13-9) next on April 27.