The 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Softball Postseason Tournament is set for Friday-Sunday, May 3-5 on the campus of top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) in Claremont, Calif.
After posting a 30-9 overall record highlighted by a 24-4 mark in SCIAC play, CMS will host the 2019 conference postseason tournament. The Athenas, having won six of their last 10 games, are looking to bounce back from a pair of 5-4 losses to Whittier in the regular season finale. The Poets, who stand at 19-17-1 overall, 16-12 in league play, earned the fourth seed. CMS and Whittier will meet in game one of the double-elimination tournament on Friday.
Friday's game two features second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer and third-seeded Chapman. The Sagehens take the field with a 29-10-1 ledger overall that was keyed by a 21-7 mark in conference play. The Panthers finished 18-10 in SCIAC action in 2019 and 19-21 overall.
The Tournament Field at a Glance
CMS is led offensively by Megan Perron who is hitting at a .474 clip against conference opponents with 25 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, two homers and 28 RBI. Maddie Valdez has also been efficient at the plate hitting .424 with 23 runs scored, five doubles, two triples, nine long balls, and 35 runs driven in. In the circle, Lauren Richards has been the dominant force with a 16-1 record, a save, 11 complete games and a 2.26 ERA in 99.0 innings of work.
Megan Otsuka has been a key component for Pomona-Pitzer offensively as she has reigstered a .456 average to go along with 21 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, three homers, and 18 RBI. Liz Rodarte has also contributed a .395 batting average, 22 runs, eight doubles, three homers and 16 RBI against SCIAC competition this season. Rodarte has also delivered a 12-1 record in the circle and pitched 10 complete games. She has fanned 97 batters in 108.1 innings of work and also registered two saves behind a 2.20 ERA.
Chapman enters tournament play led offensively by Mykala Tokunaga who is hitting at a .460 clip. She has scored 16 runs, logged four doubles, two triples, two homers, and 22 RBI. Michaela Foisy and Samantha Whalen are each hitting at a .438 efficiency mark. Foisy has totaled 33 runs scored and stolen 17 bases, while Whalen has notched 33 RBI and nine doubles. In 40.1 innings of work against SCIAC foes, Sarah Hartmann has collected a 5-0 record and a 3.47 ERA in the circle.
Whittier is led by Brittany Attaway who amassed a .426 batting average, 34 runs scored, eight home runs, 15 stolen basese, and 30 RBI for the Poets. Kacey Whitney is hitting at a .389 clip against league pitchers with a team-best 37 hits. Brianna MaGee has also bene a menace with seven doubles and 24 runs scored. Both Sam Casanas and Amanda Melodia have picked up five wins in the circle for Whittier.