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Rachel Sapirstein had five RBI in the doubleheader (photo by Gabi Ricciardi)
Rachel Sapirstein had five RBI in the doubleheader (photo by Gabi Ricciardi)

CMS Softball Shares SCIAC Regular Season Title With Split at Chapman

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball team took the opening game of a doubleheader at Chapman on Saturday to temporarily take over sole possession of first place in the SCIAC, but Chapman bounced back to take the nightcap 7-3 and create a three-way tie atop the final regular season standings.

Chapman, CMS and Redlands all finished with identical 15-6 league records, with Redlands earning the top seed and the right to host due to winning the series against both CMS and Chapman. The Athenas will be the No. 3 seed and open up against No. 2 Chapman on Friday at Redlands. The same three teams also tied for the regular season league title last year, when CMS earned the top seed. 

The Athenas took the opening game against Chapman on Saturday thanks to an 11-run third inning, with all 11 runs scored before Chapman recorded a single out. Destiny Garcia had an RBI single to close the Chapman lead to 2-1, and Rachel Sapirstein put CMS ahead to stay with a two-run double into the left-center field gap. 

Madison Gonzalez and Jacqueline Solomon each had RBI singles to stretch it to 5-2, and after an error plated a sixth run, Megan Kho had a three-run triple to push the lead to 9-2, and Garcia capped off the inning with her second RBI single, scoring two runs, to make it an 11-2 CMS lead, still with nobody out. 

Sapirstein tacked on another RBI single in the fifth for CMS to make the final score 12-2, finishing the game 2-fir-4 with three RBI. Garcia was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Kho was 2-for-3 with three RBI, Solomon was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Emma Suh was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Hannah Adams went the distance, allowing just three hits to get the win. 

In the nightcap CMS fell behind 5-0 in the first and battled back to within 6-3, as Sapirstein had a two-run single in the third and Sarah Loper had an RBI double in the fourth. Rose Malen, who won the series opener for Chapman yesterday, came on in relief to throw three no-hit innings to finish off the game.

CMS and Chapman will meet again in the first round of the SCIAC Tournament, with the winner moving on to face the winner between Redlands and Cal Lutheran, and the two losers meeting on Saturday in an elimination game. The championship round will be held on Sunday.