by Heather Morales
After winning the second game of a doubleheader against the Cal Lutheran Regals on Tuesday, the ULV softball team went on to sweep its doubleheader against the UC San Diego Tritons on Wednesday.
The first game got off to a slow start with a strong defensive effort by both teams playing 4-1/2 scoreless innings.
The Leos scored the first run of the game when freshman third baseman Elizabeth Lomeli hit a line drive to the gap between left and center fields to bring in Kelly Perkins, who was pinch running for catcher Carmen Diaz.
The second run of the game was scored by Lomeli off a base hit by freshman pitcher Sharnae Lancaster.
They kept the Tritons from scoring until the sixth inning when they scored two runs on an error by second baseman Amber Hall.
The Leos scored again in the sixth when freshman right fielder Stephanie Kiser hit a homerun over the right field fence to bring in two runs to win the game 4-2.
“It was a total team effort,” said Head Coach Julie Kline.
The Leo defense was on all day. They only let the Tritons score once, early in the second game.
As they kept the Tritons from scoring, the Leos kept scoring themselves.
An RBI by Diaz tied the game 1-1 in the second inning.
They scored again in the fourth with Kiser hitting a solo homerun to make it 3-1.
“I did it for my team,” said Kiser.
The inning didn’t end there. Sophomore Jenna Bowman brought in another run and moved Lomeli into scoring position off a bunt.
Although Lomeli was later thrown out at home plate, Bowman scored when sophomore Laurie Grey hit a ground ball to the left field gap.
Jamie Hesler brought in two more runs with a fly ball to the gap in right field to make the score 6-1.
The Leos held off UC San Diego to win the second game.
“We played great defensive ball games,” said Kline.
The Leos play CSU San Bernardino today in San Bernardino.
In the doubleheader against Cal Lu the Leos lost the first game, 1-2 to the Regals but turned the day around and won the second game, 2-1. Coming into the game, Cal Lutheran was undefeated.
“The team is going to get better with each game,” said Kline.