Softball falls victim to Cal Lu, beats Oxy

Junior Jenna Bowman successfully slides home in the Leopards’ win last Saturday against the Occidental Tigers. La Verne swept both games, 7-0 and 11-3. The Leopards are currently in second place with a 14-6 record in SCIAC. The Leopards face off against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 3 p.m. today at home. / photo by Annette Gutierrez
Junior Jenna Bowman successfully slides home in the Leopards’ win last Saturday against the Occidental Tigers. La Verne swept both games, 7-0 and 11-3. The Leopards are currently in second place with a 14-6 record in SCIAC. The Leopards face off against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 3 p.m. today at home. / photo by Annette Gutierrez

by Lori Cruz
Staff Writer

After losing both games in a double header last Friday to Cal Lutheran, the University of La Verne’s softball team rallied and swept Occidental 7-0 and 11-3 Saturday.

The Leopards were defeated 8-2 and 2-0 by Cal Lutheran University Friday.

“It’s hard when you score zero or two runs to win a softball game,” said head coach Julie Kline.

Leopard pitcher, sophomore, Sharnae Lancaster threw the first game Saturday allowing no runs to score for Occidental. The Leopards made use of an error filled first inning which brought in five runs. Lancaster has had 41 strikeouts this season.

Junior Jenna Bowman scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning from a double by sophomore Teresa Garcia. Garcia advanced to third base on a base hit by sophomore Amber Hall and Garcia scored when Lancaster singled to left field.

The Leopards won the game 7-0.

“Both [offense and defense] worked for us today,” said Lancaster, who also pitched the first game on Friday.

“Yesterday, altogether, we just weren’t hitting,” she said.

Hall pitched game two for the Leos both days.

Game two on Saturday began with sophomore Liz Lomeli, who doubled, advancing junior Carmen Diaz to third base. Garcia singled down the third base line to score Diaz, which gave the Leopards a 1-0 lead going into the third inning.

Freshman Jennifer Caforio started the Leopards off in the third with a double which brought her to score when Diaz bunted to get the squeeze out.

Lomeli also bunted, which advanced the runners, Diaz to second and junior Loree Grey to third. Junior Kelly Perkins hit a sacrifice fly out to center which allowed Grey to tag and score, giving the Leopards a 3-0 lead.

Garcia singled which let Diaz score with Lomeli right behind her in an error filled inning with bad throws and timing from the Tigers.

In the top of the fourth inning, Occidental rallied and scored one run in a series of base hits.

The Leopards scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning with hits by Caforio, Lancaster, Diaz and Lomeli, giving the Leopards a 7-1 advantage.

The fifth inning brought another series of singles which allowed Bowman to score after singles by Lancaster and Hall.

The Tigers threatened to rally again in the sixth inning with one out and runners on second and third base. They scored two runs on steady singles which left a score of 9-3, with the Leopards at bat heading into the final inning.

Junior Jamey Hesler doubled on an error which allowed Lomeli, who singled at the start of the inning, to score.

Hall’s sacrifice advanced Perkins to score giving the Leopards a 11-3 lead and victory.

“We lost to a very good team yesterday. Today, obviously, we scored more runs,” said Kline. “Our defense was strong both days.”

“We had a lot of good defense today. Loree Grey had some really excellent plays, said Diaz.

Grey leads the SCIAC in doubles with 10 for the season.

“Our bats really came together in the first inning. We were a little slow to begin with, but after we got going we just kept going,” Diaz said.

“I took the [losses to Cal Lu] really hard. But we bounced back really well,” she said.

La Verne is in second place (14-6) behind Cal Lutheran in SCIAC. They are 18-5 overall.

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