This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams both pick up wins over the No. 6-ranked team in the nation, while Softball added a win over No. 16 CMS thanks to a clutch hit from a Pitzer first-year student.
Men’s Tennis relied heavily on its Pitzer contingent to pick up three wins over ranked teams on the week. The Sagehens knocked off No. 18 Bowdoin 5-4 on Wednesday, and then captured 7-2 wins over No. 12 Case Western and No. 6 Trinity (Texas) on the first day of the Stag-Hen Invitational.
Jacob Yasgoor ’17, who was named the West Region Player of the Week by Division3Tennis.com on Monday, continued his strong play by going 6-0 in the three wins, teaming with Jonathan Kim ’16 to win three doubles matches and then winning all three in singles as well. On Friday, Yasgoor, Kim and Sam Malech ’18 all won in singles in both matches for the fourth, fifth and sixth points. Against Case Western, Yasgoor provided the fourth point, Kim earned the clincher, and Malech added a 10-8 win a third-set tiebreaker for the sixth point. Against Trinity, Kim earned the fourth point, Malech rolled through the second set for a 6-3, 6-0 to earn the clincher, and Yasgoor prevailed in three sets.
Grace Hruska ’18 also provided a key sweep of singles and doubles as the Sagehens defeated No. 6 Bowdoin 5-4 on Sunday. Her 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles helped turn the momentum after the Polar Bears took a 4-2 lead and helped the Sagehens to a 5-4 win. Hruska also picked up another singles win against No. 4 Amherst on Monday in a 6-3 Sagehens defeat, her fourth win in a row as she improves to 5-1 on the season.
Softball earned a 3-2 win over No. 16 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday, as Natalie Ireland ’18 came through with a clutch two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to give the Sagehens the lead for good. Pinch runner Haylee Sindt ’18 scored the winning run as she slid around the tag at the plate on a close play.
Women’s Water Polo stretched its winning streak to seven straight with two wins on Wednesday, defeating Occidental 17-5 in its conference opener and then knocking off Division I Bucknell 11-9. Ahsha Earwood ’17, who was named the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for the previous week, continued her strong play with 12 saves against Occidental and 11 against the Bison. Hope Grant ’17 also added two key goals in the Bucknell win, while Alyssa Woodward ’15 added two as well.
The Baseball team picked up a win its final game of the La Verne series after dropping the first two and then added a non-league win over Spalding. The big story of the team thus far has been the hot hitting of Samuel Fox ’15, who began the La Verne series with a home run and who capped off the week with a 2-for-3 effort against Spalding. He is now hitting .471 on the season, 90 points higher than anyone else on the team.
Women’s Basketball had some postseason honors come in this week, and Basha Brulee-Wills ’17 was named to the All-West Region second team by D3hoops.com. Brulee-Wills was a first-team All-SCIAC selection after averaging a double-double on the season.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Tuesday, March 17
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Trinity (Conn.), 10 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. New Paltz, 11 a.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Vassar, 1 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Amherst, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Tufts, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Skidmore, 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 19
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Wesleyan, 10 a.m. (at Colorado College)
Women’s Water Polo vs. USC, 2 p.m. (at Hawaii)
Friday, March 20
Baseball (H) vs. Wesleyan, 12 p.m.
Softball (H) vs. Grinnell, 12 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Skidmore, 12 p.m. (at Colorado College)
Saturday, March 21
Softball at Occidental, 12 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo at Hawaii, 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 22
Women’s Lacrosse at Colorado College, 10 a.m.