Claremont, Calif. (March 25, 2013) —This week in Sagehens athletics featured the debut in the national rankings for the Baseball team, which won two of three at the Tulsa Invitational Games, a 5-1 week for the Softball team, and a pair of 20-goal games for the Women’s Lacrosse team.
Baseball moved into the rankings in the American Baseball Coaches Association top 25 poll at No. 18 and put its ranking to the test at the Tucson Invitational Games. The Sagehens opened with an easy 11-2 win over Macalaster, and then split a pair of one-run contests, falling 4-3 in 10 innings to Buena Vista and defeating Gustavus Adolphus 5-4.
Erik Munzer ’13 was 4-for-5 with four RBI in the Macalaster win, hitting a two-run double and an RBI triple on the afternoon. Mark Okuma ’15 capped off the week with a pitching win in the 5-4 win over Gustavus Adolphus with two innings of shutout relief, while Sam Fox ’15 had the tying RBI in the eighth inning.
Softball began the week with a sweep of Puget Sound (3-2, 2-1), split two games with Williams thanks to a seventh-inning comeback in the nightcap for a 3-2 win, then swept Occidental 2-0 and 6-3. Ashley Morello ’15 was .381 on the week, including a 3-for-4 performance in the final game of the week against Occidental.
Women’s Lacrosse opened the week with a 20-14 win over Puget Sound on Tuesday, and then split two games on its trip to Tennessee, falling 10-9 to host Sewanee after a valiant comeback and then defeating Oglethorpe 20-2. The Puget Sound game featured seven goals from Jana London ’14, and three goals and two assists from Emma Molloy ’13. Against Sewanee, the Sagehens trailed 8-2 early in the second half, but rebounded to come all the way to within 9-8 and 10-9, but couldn’t pull even, despite outshooting its opponents 24-7 after halftime. The Sagehens then had four different players tally hat tricks in the win over Oglethorpe, including London, who had three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to jump-start the offensive onslaught and Sarah Markowitz ’16.
In Men’s Track and Field, the Sagehens 4×100 relay team ran a 42.66, the fastest time in the program since 1992, at a SCIAC Quad Meet hosted by CMS. The Sagehens team of Greg Hook ’14, Alexander Chong ’16, Titus Van Hook PO ’15 and Matt Sloane PO ’15 finished the race in 42.66, placing eighth all-time in the history of the program. On the women’s side, Alexandra Oxborough-Yankus ’14 set a personal best of 127-7, which is the No. 7 all-time mark in Sagehens history.
Women’s Water Polo traveled to Arizona State for a difficult weekend’s schedule featuring three top 20 teams, including the third-ranked Sun Devils. Although the team lost all four, Alyssa Woodward ’15 continued her strong sophomore season with a combined seven goals against nationally ranked Michigan and Hartwick, including four fo the team’s six tallies in a 13-6 loss to Michigan. Katya (Katy) Schaefer ’16 added two goals against No. 3 Arizona State.