ULV loses streak after shutout

by Alicia Gibson
Assistant Managing Editor

The University of La Verne women’s softball team put up a fight against a scholarship team last Saturday, but lack of scoring cut them short of a victory.

The Leopards, now 10-6, were riding a six-game winning streak before dropping two straight to visiting Western Washington.

Western Washington, an NAIA team with a record of 8-3, started strong. Clean-up hitter catcher Cathy Johnson hit a home run off senior pitcher Amber Hall, with one on base for an early two-run lead.

La Verne responded back loading the bases, but fell short when junior first baseman Sophia Garcia grounded to first base for a score.

The Leopards defense held strong until the fourth inning, when they allowed Diana Burrows and Darcy Taylor to score for a 4-0 Western Washington lead.

The sixth inning was the end for the Leopards, when errors and strong hitting by Western Washington was too much for them.

Burrows drove in the final three runs with a double.

The Leopards had a chance to respond, but they went down one, two, three, to end the game. Game one was called for the eight-run rule with a score of 11-0.

“It was a good day to have an off day, because it wasn’t a conference game,” said head coach Julie Kline.

Game two began the same way, with nothing going right for the Leopards.

The first inning got off to a big start for the Vikings, as catcher Andie Greenen hit a single off freshman pitcher Robin Haaker to score center fielder Jen Brandolini for the Vikings’ first run of the game.

First baseman Sonya Joseph followed Greenen’s RBI with four more runs. After batting through the line-up, Western Washington led, 6-0.

Washington continued to score, while La Verne failed to get runners home, and after four innings, Western Washington led the game by a commanding score of 9-0.

La Verne struck back in the fourth inning, as catcher Kadie Tillema doubled to bring in senior shortstop Kari Abbott for La Verne’s first run of the day.

La Verne added another run in the sixth but could not stop the Vikings, as they forced La Verne into a sixth inning mercy rule, 13-3.

“I think the team didn’t step back, they stepped up and kept batting regardless of the score,”said Kline.

The Chapman Tournament scheduled for Wednesday was cancelled due to rain and will be played today in Orange.

The Leopards’ next game is tomorrow at Whittier College with the first pitch at noon.

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