Baseball drops 3rd straight game at home

Posted Feb. 16, 2007

Lauren Reed
Staff Writer

Following the cancellation of Thursday’s game, the baseball team faced off against Cal State East Bay Feb. 11.

Coming into this game with a record of 0-2, the Leopards were hopeful for their first win against East Bay (3-0).

Senior starter Mark Simmons took the mound for the Leopards and was looking for a win in his second start of the season.

However, by the second inning it was not looking good for the Leopards.
After two innings, Simmons gave up three runs on five hits while walking two batters.

Entering the third, the Pioneers were up 4-0 on La Verne.

The Leopards then turned to lefty Sal Diaz in relief, who pitched three scoreless innings and faced only 10 batters.

La Verne kept East Bay scoreless until the sixth when freshman Dane Delfs came in relief of Diaz.

In the seventh, the Pioneers pounced on Delfs, as two home runs came from outfielder Jesus Muela and catcher Marc Tuttle, which made the score, 6-0.

Later in the inning, second baseman Trevor Boucher drove in his infield counterpart Jackson Mehl in the seventh inning to make the score, 6-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, freshman Donovan Petta earned an RBI while driving in Brad Licher to make the score, 6-2.

La Verne then turned to another freshman reliever, Daryl Hall, who replaced Delfs in the eighth inning.

The Leopards tried to claw back in it with third baseman Erik Beckman
driving in outfielder Kyle Johnson to make the score, 11-3.

The Leopards made their final substitution, in bringing in sophomore pitcher Grant Wheatley in relief of Wilfong.

The late inning surge proved to be too little to late, as the Leopards were defeated, 11-4.

Prior to the loss to East Bay, La Verne had lost games to Concordia, 9-1, and Greensboro, 4-3.

With the overall record of 0-3, the Leopards are looking forward to the next game and the chance to improve on the little errors, making them stronger as a whole.

The Leopards are joined by 14 freshmen this year to compile a roster capable of having a strong season.

“We are doing a lot of things well that will make us be contenders in the conference. We are on the brink of exploding and winning a lot of games,” said Diaz

Although the Leopards have had a slow start, head coach Scott Winterburn is looking beyond the losses and focusing on their success and on his players.

“On paper it doesn’t look like there can be many positive things taken from these losses, but you also have to understand we are a brand new team, making mistakes like a team that has not played together,” said Winterburn.

“My goal was and still is to have these guys ready by conference and I definitely feel they’re on the road to being strong and competitive,” Winterburn added.

The Leopards will be on the road and searching for their first win against Linfield during the Arizona Invitational Feb. 15-18.

Lauren Reed can be reached at lreed@ulv.edu.

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