Claremont, Calif (April 6, 2015) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Water Polo all win key SCIAC matchups to keep their conference title hopes alive.
Men’s Tennis, which is ranked fourth in the nation, extended its winning streak to 12 matches, moving to 22-3 on the season, after earning a 5-4 win over No. 16 Gustvus Adolphus and adding 9-0 wins over Westmont and Whittier. Jacob Yasgoor ’17 and Jonathan Kim ’16 keyed the win over Gustavus Adolphus by winning together in doubles and then both winning their singles matches. Yasgoor prevailed at No. 2 singles 7-5 in the second set to provide the clinching point for the Sagehens, who host No. 1 CMS on Friday at 4 p.m. and also host two home matches on Saturday against Redlands and Caltech.
Women’s Tennis, ranked seventh nationally, swept two conference opponents 9-0, defeating Occidental on Friday and Chapman on Saturday. Grace Hruska ’18 played her first match at No. 1 singles against Occidental and earned a win, and also was a part of the most dramatic win of the Chapman match, taking a 9-8 tiebreaker win at No. 1 doubles. Marie Fleming ’16 and Mallory Roth ’17 also added singles wins in the victory over Occidental on Friday. The Sagehens travel to No. 5 CMS on Friday and La Verne on Saturday to complete its regular season dual competition.
Women’s Water Polo had a big week to stay unbeaten in SCIAC as well, defeating Whittier 13-7 on Wednesday and Redlands 16-5 on Saturday. The Sagehens never trailed in either match, pulling away to defeat Whittier, which had beaten them earlier in the season in a non-conference match 8-6. Alyssa Woodward ’15 had three goals in the Whittier win and added two more against Redlands to raise her total for the season to a team-high 44. Hope Grant ’17 added two goals in the Redlands win and one against Whittier, while Ahsha Earwood ’17 had nine saves and only five goals allowed in the Redlands win. The Sagehens travel to Caltech and Azusa Pacific on Wednesday and then host La Verne in their final regular season home match on Saturday at 11 a.m. (the team will also serve as the host of the SCIAC Championships on April 24-26).
Women’s Lacrosse began the second half of the SCIAC schedule this weekend with a road game at Whittier and came away with a convincing 16-8 win. The Sagehens started out on a 6-0 run and led 12-3 at the half before cruising from there to move to 5-1 in conference play, good for first place. Sarah Markowitz ’16 had a team-high four goals on the day, while Aubrey Douglass ’16 chipped in with a team-best three assists. The Sagehens host two home games this week, facing Occidental on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Chapman on Saturday at 11 a.m. as they try to remain in first place in the SCIAC.
The Baseball team picked up its 20th win of the season on Saturday, taking the first of two from Cal Lutheran 8-4, although the Kingsmen won the series two games to one. Samuel Fox ’15 extended his hitting streak to 19 games with at least one hit in all three contests, including a key two-out RBI double in the eighth inning of the Sagehen win. He has hits in 28 of 29 games this season, with the only exception a game against Redlands when he was 0-for-2 with two hit by pitches and a walk. Cameron Yen ’16 started the win on Saturday and threw 6.1 strong innings but took a no decision. The Sagehens host Chapman on Friday at 3 p.m. in the first game of a three-game series.
Softball fell in a doubleheader at Redlands on Saturday, but remains only one game out of fourth place (which would mean a postseason bid). Ashley Morello ’15 had hits in both games, including an RBI single in the nightcap to tie the score, while Eden Griffen ’17 threw well in the nightcap but took the hard luck defeat, allowing only two earned runs. La Verne is currently in fourth place and visits the Sagehens on Saturday for a key doubleheader at 12 noon, after the Sagehens travel to Cal Lutheran on Friday.
Track and Field hosted its annual Invitational on Saturday, featuring collegiate teams from all divisions, as well as runners from professional clubs and various international teams. Paul Messana ’17 highlighted the men’s side by finishing third in the 800 meters, tops among collegiate competitors, while Ellen Yamasaki ’15 moved into the top 10 (eighth) in program history in the hammer throw on the women’s side. The Sagehens will travel to Occidental to compete in a SCIAC Quad meet on Saturday.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Wednesday, April 8
Women’s Water Polo at Caltech, 4 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo at Azusa Pacific, 7 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Occidental, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 10
Softball at Cal Lutheran, 2 p.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Chapman, 3 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. CMS, 4 p.m.
Women’s Tennis at CMS, 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 11
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Redlands, 10 a.m.
Men’s Golf at SCIAC No. 2, 11 a.m. (Los Serranos
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Chapman, 11 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Redlands, 11 a.m.
Baseball at Chapman, 11 a.m.
Men’s Track and Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Women’s Track and Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. La Verne, 12 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Caltech, 2 p.m.
Women’s Tennis at La Verne, 2 p.m
Sunday, April 12
Men’s Golf at SCIAC No. 2, 11 a.m. (Los Serranos)