A defensive miscue in the ninth of game one and a bullpen meltdown in game three turned a potential three game sweep of Cal Lutheran into a 1-2 series loss for the Leopards over the weekend.
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After winning their pandemic-delayed season opener by a score of 12-1, La Verne would drop the next two games to lose the season series against Chapman on Saturday and Sunday.
La Verne baseball players warm-up before practice by running sprints at Ben Hines Field on Monday. The baseball team returned to in-person practices March 29 after the University lifted its COVID-related restrictions on team sports activities.
Ben Hines, former La Verne baseball coach and hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, died Jan. 13. He was 85.
Despite uncertainty about the return of athletic programs in the spring, University of La Verne’s student athletes remain hopeful and eager to possibly play in the upcoming season.
In-person activities for University of La Verne athletics are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but student-athletes are staying prepared for the possible return of their sports in the spring.
Aside from figuring out how to keep players in shape for next season, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused University of La Verne coaches to adapt to a new process of one of the most important parts of their job: recruiting.
La Verne coaches and players have been trying to adapt new and efficient ways of continuing the athletic department ever since the University closed its campus for the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Leopards baseball team came back from a five run deficit in their doubleheader against Whitman last weekend, and in doing so the Leopards evened out their overall record and currently stand 9-9 overall.
Despite jumping out to an early five-run lead, the Leopards dropped last Sunday’s game against the Centenary Gents, 10-7.