Whittier hands Leopards 3 more losses

Sophomore second baseman Brian Misawa dives past the tag of Whittier College's catcher Steve Nadwell. With the score, Misawa gave La Verne a three-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Leopards lost the game 11-10, after a strong Whittier comeback in the top of the ninth inning. ULV stands at 5-22 overall on the season. / photo by Ryan Sones
Sophomore second baseman Brian Misawa dives past the tag of Whittier College’s catcher Steve Nadwell. With the score, Misawa gave La Verne a three-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Leopards lost the game 11-10, after a strong Whittier comeback in the top of the ninth inning. ULV stands at 5-22 overall on the season. / photo by Ryan Sones

by Danny Eckardt
Staff Writer

Rain delays and near wins have become the University of La Verne baseball team’s theme late in the month of March.

The Leopards played an uneventful and rain-delayed three-game series against Whittier last weekend, as the team capped-off a 10-game losing streak.

“All three games, we played well enough to win,” said 15-year head coach Owen Wright. “We are finding a lot of different, creative ways to lose ball games.”

The first game of the series, which was played in a doubleheader on Sunday instead of Saturday (when it had originally been scheduled), turned out to be a 11-8 loss, after the Leopards jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the second inning.

Wright expressed his inability to understand why the Leopards are unable to finish a game with a win, but he did say that the teams inconsistency plays a major role.

In their second game of the doubleheader, the Leopards found scoring runs a little harder to come by, as they were defeated 9-4 by the senior-laden Poets.

“Sometimes our hitting breaks down and sometimes our pitching breaks down. Somehow we can’t put it all together,” said Wright.

The Leopards’ final game of the three-game series, which was played on Monday instead of Friday, was a seesaw battle that ULV lost 11-10.

Once again the Leopards led the game, this time with two runs in the first inning but could not seem to finish the contest with a win.

After the three recent losses to Whittier, the Leopards are 0-5 on the season against the Poets. The loses also dropped ULV to 5-22 overall.

The Leopards’ next game is April 14 at Newhall against Masters College at 3 p.m. ULV returns to SCIAC play April 17 against Cal Lutheran.

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