Softball shuts out Athenas in sweep

Leopards’ junior first baseman Alexis Schiff catches the ball to get senior centerfielder Tara Robinson for the first out in the top of the sixth inning, keeping the Athenas off the bases Sunday at Campus West. La Verne hit two home runs and senior pitcher Katherine Kibbe pitched a shutout complete game to beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2-0. / photo by Katelyn Keeling
Leopards’ junior first baseman Alexis Schiff catches the ball to get senior centerfielder Tara Robinson for the first out in the top of the sixth inning, keeping the Athenas off the bases Sunday at Campus West. La Verne hit two home runs and senior pitcher Katherine Kibbe pitched a shutout complete game to beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2-0. / photo by Katelyn Keeling

Emily Lau
News Editor

The softball team extended its win streak to 10 after senior pitcher Katherine Kibbe threw a complete game to shut out the No. 7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas, 2-0, Sunday at Campus West.

The game was a make up for the second game of a doubleheader Apr. 9, which was postponed due to rain.

The win advanced the Leopards to 21-3 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, tying the Athenas for first place and 25-9 overall.

The Leopards have already clinched a postseason berth and now look to win in a tiebreaker for hosting rights.

“I got a lot of help from my defense, they were really sharp today, so it felt good,” Kibbe said. “Our goal the whole year was to be able to host the SCIAC tournament here and we’re now one step closer to that, so it feels great.”

The Athenas began their push with a walk in the top of the first inning and a double in the top of the second, but were unable to bring anyone home to score a run.

Junior first baseman Alexis Schiff led off in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run to center field to put the Leopards on the board, 1-0.

Schiff has hit 10 homers this season.

“(Anna Gurr) has been a dominant pitcher this whole season, so it felt really nice just to be able to get a hold of one and let it go,” Schiff said. “I felt really good.”

After three scoreless innings from both teams, senior third baseman Mackenzie Dutton furthered La Verne’s lead with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth, 2-0.

This is Dutton’s seventh homer of the season.

“I was struggling in the first part of the game and Anna Gurr is a really good pitcher, so I really just had to jump on her and attack the pitch at the right time,” Dutton said.

The Athenas gained momentum in the top of the fifth with a single and a walk to put two players on base, but the Leopard’s defense stopped their drive by forcing groundouts and a pop up.

“We were doing very well defensively, we stayed strong as an unit,” Schiff said. “They fought the entire game, but we did really well coming together as a team.”

The Athenas were unable to score a run and grounded out three times in the top of the seventh to end the game with the Leopard’s win.

Kibbe earned her 15th win, finished with two strikeouts and allowed only two hits.

“Everything was just completely in sync, our defense and pitching,” Dutton said. “Katy did an amazing job on the mound and it just all ended up coming together.”

The Leopards will take on the Cal Lutheran Regals in a doubleheader 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at Hutton Field.

Emily Lau can be reached at emily.lau@laverne.edu.

Katelyn Keeling

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