THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - This afternoon at Hutton Field, the Cal Lutheran softball team hosted Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) leading La Verne for a pair with the Leopards stealing the first game, 4-0, before the Regals rallied back to a 9-1, six-inning walk off victory in the nightcap.
Amanda Lewis was inches from starting the day with a highlight reel diving catch in left centerfield, but unfortunately that runner would come around to score, giving the visiting team an early 1-0 advantage as the Leopards never looked back.
LV outhit CLU 13-3 and scored twice in the first inning and once in each the sixth and seventh. Catherine Slabaugh and Jacy Watanabe connected for back-to-back hits with two outs in the third, but both were stranded. Abbigael Howard poked an opposite field single to right field in the top of the seventh for the final Cal Lutheran hit of the game. Courtney Sooy (7-7) threw a complete game, striking out three despite illness.
In the second game, Makenna Pellerin made a great pick on a hard-hit ball to first base on the first pitch of the contest to record the first out of a 1-2-3 inning to set the tone.
La Verne struck first with a run in the top of the second, but the Violet and Gold responded in the bottom half with an equalizing run aided by some help from the LV defense. An error allowed Sooy, who doubled, to cross the plate.
CLU would double its advantage in the third on an RBI single from Olivia Leyva that plated Watanabe, who singled, before breaking things open with a four-run fourth. A pinch-hit double by Howard started things and a walk issued to Antonia Rapisardi knocked Katheryn Navarro, the second pitcher of the game for LV, from the circle. Slabaugh drove in Howard and a pair of wild pitches allowed Rapisardi and Slabaugh to slide across the plate. Leyva drove in Watanabe with the final run of the frame.
Starting pitcher Olivia Serrano (4-4) evened her record after working 4.0 innings, scattering five hits, before handing the ball to classmate Brittany Workman who went the final 2.0 innings, facing the minimum number of batters, striking out a pair as she retired the side in order in both the fifth and sixth.
Lewis continued to flash the leather in left field, making a diving catch in foul territory for the second out in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom half, Leyva put the game in the books with a two-run, homerun to cap off a three-run inning. Mayhew led off with a double and came in to score on a Slabaugh hit prior to Leyva clearing the right centerfield fence.
Slabaugh went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs in the leadoff spot and Leyva also finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and one run. Watanabe scored twice and CLU collected 12 hits as a team. Lewis tripled as one of the six extra base hits of the contest.
La Verne (24-8, 17-5 SCIAC) was forced to use four pitchers in the loss with Hayley Jacquess' record dropping to 8-4 on the season. The Leopards notched five hits, from as many different players, without anything more than a single. Despite the loss, LV remains atop the SCIAC standings entering the final week of the regular season.
Cal Lutheran (14-16, 11-11) travels to Occidental tomorrow for two important games, taking the field against the Tigers at 12:00 p.m. for game one with a second to follow.
Box Score: LV 4, CLU 0
Box Score: CLU 9, LV 1 (6)
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