Leopards pounce over Bombers in split

At the top of the fifth inning, La Verne senior shortstop Danielle Vela throws out Ithaca freshman second baseman Allie Colleran at second base and tries to turn the double play in game one of the doubleheader. The Leopards fell short, 4-2, in game one, but came back to detonate the Bombers, 7-1, in game two, Monday at Campus West./ photo by Sara Flores
At the top of the fifth inning, La Verne senior shortstop Danielle Vela throws out Ithaca freshman second baseman Allie Colleran at second base and tries to turn the double play in game one of the doubleheader. The Leopards fell short, 4-2, in game one, but came back to detonate the Bombers, 7-1, in game two, Monday at Campus West. / photo by Sara Flores

Chris McMahan
Staff Writer

The softball team split with Ithaca College of New York Monday at Campus West.

Ithaca took game one, 4-2, but La Verne came back to take game two, 7-1.

“We made some good defensive plays,” head coach Julie Smith said. “We didn’t give them anything like we gave them in the first game.”

In game one, both teams were on fire offensively, but Ithaca got on the board first.

In the top of the second inning, senior right fielder Nina Lindberg hit a single to center field, scoring junior centerfielder Erin McQuillan from third. Sophomore outfielder Jessie Fleck then grounded out to first, giving Smith enough time to score from third to make it 2-0.

The Leopards responded in the bottom of the second, when senior left outfielder BreeAnna De La Rosa hit a solo homer to left field, 2-1.

De La Rosa went 1-for-3 with a home run.

Ithaca scored right back in the top of the third, after McQuillan hit a sacrifice bunt, scoring freshman second baseman Allie Colleran, extending the lead, 3-1.

Smith again hit a single into left field to score junior first baseman Casey Gavin to extend the score, 4-1.

“It takes us a lot longer than what it should (to get runs) and we need to flip-flop and come out hard through the whole game,” senior shortstop Rebecca Ireland said. The Leopards attempted to rally in the bottom of the fourth when freshman catcher Angelica Deangelo scored junior designated hitter Katy Kibbe on a double to right center field, making the score, 4-2.

Deangelo went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Neither team scored in the final three innings, as the La Verne offense only managed three hits.

No batter for La Verne had more than one hit and the middle of the line-up in particular struggled.

“Those three (the three, four and five hitters in the line-up) need to be on fire all the time,” Smith said.

Junior pitcher Lyndsay Godwin, who made her first start of the season, allowed four earned runs and was replaced after three innings.

“It wasn’t completely on her, it was stuff that we were giving them,” Smith said.

Game two turned out to be more favorable for the Leopards’ offense.

Sophomore first baseman Alexis Schiff hit two home runs, a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth, to help La Verne win game two, 7-1.

“In the first game, I was disappointed in my performance because I knew I could of done better, so in the second game I just let loose,” Schiff said.

Schiff went 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs.

Kibbe went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Hayley Jaquess also had a solid outing in game two, as she allowed only three hits and one earned run, a solo homer in the seventh, to earn her third victory of the season.

The team is now 10-10 overall with a 5-5 conference record, placing fourth in the Southern California Intercol­legiate Athletic Conference standings.

“I don’t believe we are a .500 team, but that’s our journey,” Smith said.

The Leopards will be back in action starting at noon Saturday as they face the Chapman Panthers at Campus West.

Chris McMahan can be reached at christopher.mcmahan@laverne.edu.

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