Regals Drop a Pair to Chapman
CLU falls 15-2, 7-1
ORANGE, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran women’s softball team dropped their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opening doubleheader to Chapman 15-2 and 7-1 Sunday afternoon at El Camino Real Park.
Cal Lutheran was led by freshman Blake Lewis who had two hits including her first career extra-base hit and RBI while Shannon Tinsley and Christina Hunter had two hits as well for the Regals
Chapman raced out to an 8-0 lead when the Panthers scored three runs in the first and five runs in the second inning.
Cal Lutheran would strike in the top of the third when Hunter led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One batter later, Tinsley lined a base hit into right field, easily scoring Hunter and giving CLU its first run of the game. After Tinsley advanced to second on a throwing error by the right fielder, Lewis stepped into the box and ripped a double into the left field gap, plating Tinsley and cutting the Panther lead to six.
Unfortunately, the Regals were unable to get any closer as Chapman tacked on two runs in the fourth and held CLU scoreless in the fifth to earn their first SCIAC win of the year.
Brittany Labbe had the other hit for CLU. Lewis (0-2) started on the mound before giving way to Katelyn Downing, who pitched the final 2.2 innings.
Cassie Oregel earned the complete game victory for the Panthers, scattering four hits while striking out four.
The Regals battled neck-and-neck with the Panthers in game two, trailing by two runs for much of the game before Chapman broke through with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
CLU starting pitcher Shonna Christanson finished with a complete game, holding the Panthers to three runs on six hits through the first five innings.
For the second game in a row, the Regals offense struck in the top of the third inning. Third baseman Liz Mertel led off with a single to left field. Christianson then laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Mertel to second. One batter later, Hunter beat out a throw from the Chapman shortstop, allowing Mertel to score and cut the Panther lead to 3-1. Tinsley followed that with her second hit of the day and advanced Hunter to third base, but Chapman pitcher Katie Terry got the next Regals hitter to popup to the shortstop and end the inning.
Chapman would put the game away in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs highlighted by a two-run double from Larissa Rinauro.
Freshman Natalie Both (1-0) earned her first collegiate victory for Chapman after coming on for the final 3.1 innings. Christianson (0-1) was charged with her first loss of the season.
Debben Hoffer had her first double of the season while Christenson and Mertel each collected their first hits of the season.
Rhianna Stepler-Camp led Chapman offensively with four hits and three RBIs in the two games.
With the win, Chapman improves to both 2-0 overall and in the SCIAC.
Cal Lutheran (0-4,0-2 SCIAC) will be back action Saturday, Feb. 16, when they travel to take on La Verne. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at noon.