THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Entering the day with identical Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) records and fighting for a spot in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament as the season winds down, the softball series between Cal Lutheran and Chapman today was crucial for both programs. On Good Friday, the outcome was a split for the Regals and Panthers, as the teams remain knotted in fifth place with 10 games apiece to play in the regular season. CLU fell 2-1 in game one before earning a 1-0 victory in the nightcap.
Under clear blue, sunny skies the Cal Lutheran defense shined early on. In the opening frame, Amanda Lewis layed out in left field to snag a shallow fly ball. The fourth inning ended with a runner caught stealing as Abbigael Howard and Antonia Rapisardi teamed up for the out.Unfortunately for the home squad, a costly error later in the game was the difference in the tough loss.
During their first offensive opportunity of the day, however, the Regals capitalized. Catherine Slabaugh led off with a double to the left centerfield gap and she came in to score on a fielder's choice by Olivia Leyva after Jacy Watanabe moved the freshman leadoff batter up 60 feet on a well-executed sacrifice bunt. CLU was unable to string anything else together throughout the remainder of regulation in game one despite outhitting Chapman 8-4. Rapisardi was 2-for-3 as the only player with a multi-hit game. Slabaugh had the only extra base hit and Kendall Marinesi drew a walk.
Courtney Sooy (6-6) went the complete game, not allowing an earned run while scattering four hits and striking out a pair. She forced nine ground ball outs and eight fly balls.
In the second game, the teams were scoreless through two and a half. In the bottom of the third, Rapisardi led off with a single up the middle and Mayhew promptly poked an RBI double to right centerfield for what would unfold as the only run of the contest.
Lewis was hot at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Mikaela Mayhew was 2-for-2 with the game-winner as CLU again outhit CU, 6-4.
Freshman hurlers teamed up for the shutout with Olivia Serrano (3-4) going 4.1 innings to earn the win before Brittany Workman took over for the final 2.2 innings. Serrano surrendered three hits and struck out a pair and Workman allowed one hit without issuing a walk and struck out the first batter she faced.
Chapman (14-14, 8-10 SCIAC) got a win from Emily Claudy (4-2) in game one before Samantha Whalen (7-8) was tagged with the loss. In the CU win, Christine Lo Verde and Michaela Foisy scored while each recording a hit. During game two, Kristen Weiser had two of the four hits and got to scoring position twice.
All four games the two squads played this spring were decided by one run. Earlier this season, CU walked off twice, earning 3-2 and 2-1 victories, on its home field.
Cal Lutheran (11-15, 8-10) takes its longest road trip of the season tomorrow as the Regals travel to Redlands for a pair with the Bulldogs beginning at noon.
Box Score: CU 2, CLU 1
Box Score: CLU 1, CU 0
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