Saturday was a memorable day for the La Verne softball team, as it wrapped up the regular season with a two game sweep of the Occidental Tigers, 12-3 in game one and 4-2 in game two, earning a trip to the post-season tournament.
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The Leopards dropped both games in their double header Saturday against conference leader Redlands, putting an end to their 13-game winning streak and missing out on their chance to take first place in conference.
The La Verne softball team looks to continue where it left off last year with the opening of the 2009 season.
Softball ended its season Saturday with a 4-2 loss to the University of Texas at Tyler in the NCAA Division III West Regionals in Tyler, Texas, leaving the Leopards with an overall season record of 28-19.
After finishing a strong season, the University of La Verne softball team defeated No. 2 ranked University of Texas-Tyler, 3-1, in the first game of the NCAA West Regionals yesterday.
While the softball team might have started their season on a rocky note, a win over Occidental and a sweep against Whittier this past weekend, gave the Leopards a huge confidence boost.
While the sun might have struggled to break through Saturday morning, the University of La Verne softball team had no problem beating down on the Cal Lutheran Regals as they were victorious in both games of the doubleheader at Hutton Field in Thousand Oaks.
Softball faced a tough lineup last weekend with a split against Redlands, the No. 1 team in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and two losses against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, currently ranked number two in SCIAC.
With the season halfway gone, the University of La Verne softball team, which won seven of their last eight games, traveled to Wig Beach diamond in Claremont last Saturday to play a crucial conference doubleheader against Pomona-Pitzer.
Amid the sound of bats clanking and balls hitting gloves, first year University of La Verne softball coach Julie Smith tosses around jokes and encouragement, providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere to the sometimes grueling three-hour practices.