Saturday was a busy day for Bulldog athletics, as many different sports were played on campus throughout the day. Here is a brief recap of the action you may have missed.
Track and Field:
Both the men and women’s teams faced off in a SCIAC multi-dual meet Saturday. They took on the La Verne Leopards and the Beavers of CalTech. The Lady Bulldogs rolled over both of their opponents, and the men fared just as well, as both teams completed the sweep against their opponents.
The women’s team’s efforts were led by senior Alison Smith, who set an NCAA record by finishing the 100m hurdles in just 14.17 seconds, the fastest time from any Division III student this season. She then placed second in the 200 meter race, won the javelin throw, and anchored the Lady Bulldogs’ 4×100 relay that took first place by over a second.
Redlands juniors Kaylee Jorgensen and Justine Keller took first and second in the 400 meter race, respectively. The 3000 meter steeplechase was won by Bulldog freshman Maria Ramirez, a superb way to make her collegiate debut.
Vanessa Blanchard won the high jump and Kara Romani came in first in the long jump, capping off a definitive overall victory for the Bulldogs.
The men’s team also had a day to remember. Senior Myles Speegle won both the 100 and 200 meter dash, crossing the 100m finish line in 11.07 seconds. Sophomore Nick Burchett finished first in the 400 meter race, completing Redlands’ sweep of the day’s dashes. He also won the 400 meter hurdles in convincing fashion, a full two and a half seconds over his next closest opponent. The other hurdles event was won by Redlands junior Afari La-Anyane, completing the 110m race in 15.42 seconds. Speegle and Burchett also teamed up as half of the Bulldogs’ four men that won the 4×100 relay. In that foursome was freshman Maliq Champion, who also won the long jump event. The successes of the men’s team was reflected in the final scores: 137-24 win over Caltech and 92-71 win over La Verne.
After Friday’s win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the Bulldogs’ baseball team needed just one win to take the series over the Stags. They did just that, winning the first game 4-1 in a nail-biter before losing an all-out slugfest in the final matchup, 18-15.
In the first game, Claremont pounced quickly on Redlands senior Michael Collins. The first three batters all singled, producing a run for the Stags in the blink of an eye. Redlands couldn’t counter with a run of their own in the bottom half, and after one full inning CMS held onto their lead. Unfortunately for the Stags, that was the only run they would muster against Collins. In the next inning, he settled in and delivered a masterful performance, striking out six batters and giving up only five hits. The offense behind him finally tied the game up in the fourth, when junior designated hitter Jordan Babbitt popped out to center field, scoring junior catcher Rainier Aguilar from third base.
Collin’s efforts were matched by CMS’ starting pitcher, who performed just as well. The pitching matchup continued into the top of the eighth. Collins hit the first batter, then got the next two out before being taken out– in the middle of the count– and replaced by senior John White. White came in with two outs and a two-two count, and promptly got the batter to line out to second base for the final out. As unconventional as the pitching change was, it worked, and got Redlands off the hook. The Bulldogs controversially scored a pair of runs on an Aguilar triple, after senior Chris Scalisi lined a possible double-play ball to shortstop that instead hit the umpire, meaning both runners were safe. A double by the next batter brought in Aguilar and made the score 4-1; the final score after White came back out and closed the game in the ninth inning.
The second game was a big one for the two offenses. The two teams combined for thirty-nine hits and thirty-three runs. Yet this may have been a game to forget for the defensive side– the teams combined to make seven errors and used eleven pitchers in total.
Redlands scored three runs in the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead over the Stags. The next three innings belonged to CMS however, as they scored five runs to take a 5-2 lead after five innings.
It appeared that Redlands was headed to another victory in the sixth inning. Seven men came around to score, four of them on a pair of two-run triples from sophomore Aaron Singh and junior Will Hall. After the Stags score one in the top of the seventh, Redlands plated four more with the hopes of putting the game away at 14-6. But that turned out not to be the case, as Claremont scored 8 runs and sent thirteen men to the plate in the half inning to knot things at fourteen. Understandably stunned, the Bulldogs were unable to re-awaken the bats in the bottom half, going down without a run.
With the momentum finally on their side, the Stags broke through to take the lead that was once considered too far to reach. They scored another four runs in the ninth, and managed to stop a Redlands rally that scored one in the bottom of the ninth to cap off the doubleheader and finalize the unbelievable comeback at 18-15.
It was Military Appreciation Night at Farquhar Field, and the Lady Bulldogs fought to bring home a win in honor of the brave men and women who they were playing for. Unfortunately, Chapman University’s offense was too strong for the Bulldogs, and they were unable to surmount the glaring halftime deficit, losing 13-5 in SCIAC play.
Redlands actually got out to the early lead. They drew first blood on a goal by junior midfielder Lacey Bjorndal, before sophomore midfielder Hanna Morford converted a free position shot after Chapman had tied it at one, giving the Lady Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that was as close as the Bulldogs came to a victory. Redlands was unable to handle the ferocious attack brought on by Chapman. The Panthers scored eight unanswered goals in the first half to turn a tightly contested 2-2 ballgame into a 9-2 onslaught.
The halftime whistle did not kill the Panthers’ momentum, as they came out firing once again in the second half. They scored the first four goals of the new half, making the score 13-2 with around 20 minutes to play, essentially killing the Lady Bulldogs’ chances of a comeback. Bjorndal, Morford, and sophomore Adi Fellows each scored towards the end of the game, but the points merely served as consolation when all was said and done. The Panthers won the game in a convincing 13-5 fashion, and as a result sent themselves up and Redlands down to a 7-4 record overall.
photos contributed previously by Bulldog photographer Halie West. Feature photo taken in 2016 by another Bulldog photographer.