THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The California Lutheran softball team competed in a doubleheader with Western Conn. St. Colonials Monday afternoon at Hutton Field. Brittany Workman pitched a complete game and Olivia Leyva and Mikaela Mayhew both hit a home run and the Regals swept the Colonials 6-4 and 10-9 (8 innings).
CLU is now .500 on the year with a record of 7-7. Western Conn. St. drooped to 0-4.
The bats were hot in both games. Leyva and Mayhew led Cal Lutheran with a home run apiece. Leyva and Makenna Pellerin both had a triple. Kendall Marinesi, Antonia Rapisardi, Catherine Slabaugh and Workman all tallied a double.
The Regals did well with runners in scoring position. They only left 10 runners on base, five in each game.
Workman was on the mound for the first game. In the first two innings, the Colonials had runners on third, but Workman got out of the inning each time without giving up runs. She made quick work of WCS batters in the third, fourth and fifth. She sat the Colonials down in order in the fifth. Altogether, she struck out seven batters, while only giving up six hits.
Cal Lutheran took the lead in the bottom of the third as they scored four runs. They scored four runs of six hits. The big play came in the bottom of the fourth. Mayhew hit a line drive right over the first baseman and into the right field corner all the way to the fence. She raced around the bases for an inside the park home run and CLU had a 5-0 lead.
The Colonials finally broke through in the 6th. After an error was made on what would have been the third out, WCS capitalized and scored four runs, all unearned. The Regals got one run back in the bottom of the inning. CLU then held on to win 6-4 as Workman improved to 2-2.
Game two was a barn burner and went back and forth. The Regals jumped all over the Colonials' pitcher from the beginning. They scored four runs in the first as Pellerin tripled and Marinesi and Workman doubled.
Western Conn. St. answered the call and scored five runs in the top of the third and took a 5-4 lead. Cal Lutheran bounced right back as Marinesi and Abbigael Howard both hit a RBI single in the bottom of the inning. WCS came right back in the top of the fourth and scored three runs and had an 8-6 lead.
The Regals then scored one in the bottom of the fifth. Then Leyva hit a two run bomb in the bottom of the sixth and CLU led 9-8. The Colonials answered in the top of the seventh and we went to extra innings all knotted up at 9.
With new NCAA rules, the Marissa Alfaia started out the inning on second base. Mayhew bunted for a single and CLU had runners on the corners. Mayhew then stole second and Rapisardi was walked. Lexie Findley went in to pinch hit. She was hit by a pitch and Alfaia was the winning run as Cal Lutheran won the game 10-9. Meghan Henry pitched a scoreless eighth inning and won her first game of the season.
Cal Lutheran gets back into SCIAC play as the Regals travel to Whitter on Saturday for a double header at 12 and 2 p.m.
Box Score: CLU 6, WCS 4; CLU 10, WCS 9 (8 innings)
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Release by Ryan Jorgenson, Sports Information Director