Leopards pluck Sagehens in sweep

The University of La Verne softball team took to an early lead against Pomona-Pitzer in the first game of its doubleheader with a two-run home run by Amanda Jones. Junior Debbie Bugarin throws the ball back to pitcher Mary Olson while warming up before the beginning of the second inning. The Leopards won both games without any worries, posting scores of 11-0 and 18-7. / photo by Kelly Rivas
The University of La Verne softball team took to an early lead against Pomona-Pitzer in the first game of its doubleheader with a two-run home run by Amanda Jones. Junior Debbie Bugarin throws the ball back to pitcher Mary Olson while warming up before the beginning of the second inning. The Leopards won both games without any worries, posting scores of 11-0 and 18-7. / photo by Kelly Rivas

Darnell Gilbert
Staff Writer

With disappointing defeats to Claremont in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener, the University of La Verne softball team bounced back and humiliated Pomona-Pitzer in a two game sweep (18-7, 11-0) on Saturday at Pomona College.

In game one, Kelly Ince pitched a spectacular game allowing three hits and striking out two batters before being pulled out after allowing only one run. The Leopards came out the gate strong scoring six runs in the first inning.

“After losing to Claremont we mentally prepared ourselves for this game,” junior Amanda Jones said.

Senior Kelley Silagyi did her damage by smashing a home run to give the Leopards a 10-0 advantage in the third inning.

Pomona tried to make a comeback taking advantage of five wild pitches and miscommunication by the Leopards.

It wasn’t enough because La Verne added eight more runs to put the game out of reach for the Sagehens.

La Verne pranced all over Pomona in the second game, which was led by Jones, who hit a two-run home run to put the Leopards ahead.

That’s all junior pitcher Mary Olson needed to secure the win and the shutout.

Olson pitched four innings allowing only four hits and striking out six Sagehens to get her second win of the season.

“We didn’t let down our intensity,” Olson said. “One of our goals is to play to our full potential in every game.”

Silagyi added punishment to the Sagehens with seven RBIs and scoring five times.

Silagyi also hit another home run, which added to her streak. Silagyi is leading the Leopards in runs, hits and doubles with a slugging percentage of .906 for the season.

The Leopards are 6-6 and 2-2 in SCIAC play. If the Leopards plan to win the league championship they will need to play with more consistency and improve their pitching.

Confidence in all aspects will also play a large part in improving their winning ways. After producing 29 runs against Pomona, this should be just a stepping stone of what’s to come.

La Verne leads the league in all major offensive categories but they are dead last in earned run average, allowing 7.60 runs per game.

“If we want to beat Occidental, we have to play like we did on Saturday,” outfielder Morgan Dobis said. “We can’t take any team lightly.”

La Verne will face Occidental in an important doubleheader at noon and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in Los Angeles.

Darnell Gilbert can be reached at flawlessgee@yahoo.com.

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