Regals Take Game Two from Tigers
CLU splits with Occidental
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Today on the road in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) series at Occidental, the Cal Lutheran softball team took game two, 5-1, after dropping the morning decision by a 4-1 margin on Bell Field.
OXY def. CLU 4-1
After striking first with a run in the top of the fourth inning on an Occidental error that allowed Amanda Lewis, who reached on a fielder’s choice, to score, the Regals were tagged for four runs in the bottom of the inning on a an RBI double and a three-run homerun. Unfortunately, the Regals were not able to string anything else together as just 10 batters stepped into the box over the final three frames. Nicole White-Madolora got the start and allowed just one hit in 2.0 innings before Courtney Sooy (7-8) took over. She was dealt the loss after surrendering four runs on seven hits despite striking out a pair. CLU collected just five hits with Jacy Watanabe going 3-for-4 and stealing a base. Olivia Leyva also stole a bag and Makenna Pellerin layed down a sacrifice for the Violet and Gold.
CLU def. OXY 5-1
Déjà vu ensued early in the nightcap as an Oxy error aided the Regals in scoring a run in the top of the third when Catherine Slabaugh crossed the plate to give CLU an advantage. In the fifth, Leyva drove in Antonia Rapisardi and Watanabe with a triple and Lewis lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in Leyva for a 4-0 lead. Cal Lutheran would add another run in the top of the sixth inning as Slabaugh earned a sac fly that scored Abbigael Howard to push the gap to 5-0. While the Tigers put up a run in the bottom of the sixth, that was all the home team would get. Leyva reached base three times with a pair of walks and the aforementioned hit, while Watanabe continued her hot-streak with a 2-for-3 showing that also included a free pass. Pellerin put down another sac bunt as did Rapisardi and the trio of Howard, Rapisardi and Sooy collected a stolen base apiece. Olivia Serrano (5-4) earned the win after throwing 5.0 scoreless inning in which she scattered five hits. Brittany Workman took over in the sixth and went the final 2.0, allowing one run on two hits.
Cal Lutheran (15-17, 12-12 SCIAC) has four league games remaining and will next play on Friday, April 28 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps beginning at 2:00 p.m. with a second game to follow.
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