Softball starts SCIAC 2-0

Softball starts SCIAC 2-0

LA VERNE, CA — The Leopards finished with 17 hits and the University of La Verne softball team used big rallies to sweep Cal Lutheran Saturday at Campus West.

Season Impact

The Leopards start of SCIAC play on the right foot and improve to 5-1 overall. Cal Lutheran falls to 0-2.

Stat Leaders

Mikayla Mendoza and Melissa Garcia led the Leopards at the plate with three RBI apiece. Carly Condon and Justice Borden each added a pair of RBI.

Mendoza and Katheryn Navarro each finished with three hits. Navarro added a solo home run in game one and Gabriella Underwood hit a pair of doubles.

Game One: La Verne 11, Cal Lutheran 4

After falling behind in the second inning, the Leopards rallied in the third and sixth innings for a commanding win over the Regals. 

Down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third, Garcia cut at the Regals' lead when she reached on a fielder's choice that scored Underwood from third. 

After Shelby Tevis drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Sienna Kendricks, Condon tied the game with an RBI single to right field, scoring Kayla Giannatasio to put La Verne up for good.

The Leopards added five runs in the bottom of the sixth highlighted an RBI double by Borden.

Navarro pitched six inning and struck out five to earn the win in the circle. 

Game Two: La Verne 6, Cal Lutheran 4

The Leopards took an early lead and responded to a Cal Lutheran rally in the fifth to complete the sweep.

Tied 4-4 in the fifth inning after the Regals rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth inning, Rachel Ogata got La Verne into scoring position after she singled to center and stole second base. 

After Underwood was hit by a pitch, Garcia doubled to left center to score both runners and give La Verne the lead for good.

La Verne took the opening lead of the game off of RBI by Condon, Tauney Mack, and Mendoza in the second inning.

Jiana Rojo picked up her second win of the season, pitching a complete game with four strikeouts.

Next Game

The Leopards continue their homestand next Saturday with a doubleheader against Redlands beginning at 12 p.m.

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