Sophomore Jodi Lindsay singled in the top of the first inning against Whittier Saturday. The Leopards won both games in a two-game series against the Poets, 10-0 and 14-0, boosting their winning streak to five games.
With its explosive offense playing their best ball at the end of the season and the pitching improving in every game, the University of La Verne softball extended its winning streak to five games after impressive victories over Whittier College and the University of Redlands.
With regionals around the corner La Verne made a statement by dismantling Whittier on Friday. The Leopards scored 24 runs off of 28 hits in two games. Amanda Jones led the Leopards with four hits and six RBIs, which included her 10th homerun of the season.
“We have been playing consistently and hitting the ball good,” Jones said.
Senior Kelly Silagyi, who didn’t have any hits in the first game, went 4-4 in the second game, driving in four RBI’s and scoring three times.
Mary Olson took the mound for the Leopards in game one and struck out seven Poets in five innings. Olson didn’t allow any hits in 15 at bat. The victory marked Olson 12th win of the season improving her record to 12-4.
Whittier pitching was no match for the bats of Ashley Savage, Jodi Lindsey, Silagyi and Jones in game two. The four of them went 11-14 and drove in seven runs.
“The key to our victories was staying relaxed and being confident in ourselves,” Silagyi said.
Kelly Ince went five strong innings and pitched a one hit game, picking up her sixth win of the season.
On Saturday the Leopards battled the reigning Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, Redlands.
Redlands came into the game feeling confident due to their early season wins over the Leopards but were shocked when they were swept in the doubleheader, 3-2 and 4-2, on their home field.
“A lot of people have put Redlands on a pedestal but we prove they are beatable,” said Jones.
Redlands jumped out to an early lead over the Leopards in the first inning but the lead was short lived when Savage and senior Jessica DeGiacomo picked up big hits in the second and third inning.
The game came down to a classic finish when outfielder Trisha McCormick hit the game winning hit with two runners on and two outs, handing Redlands it’s first SCIAC loss of the season.
“We want to win. We know what we want,” sophomore Morgan Dobis said.
With confidence oozing from the first game, DeGiacomo and junior Suzy Riker set game two off with two solo home runs putting the Leopards up 2-1. Riker continued her hot streak by doubling in the fourth inning, which brought in her second RBI for the game.
The Bulldogs tried to make a comeback but Ince pitching over powered the bats of the Bulldogs.
Ince pitched her second complete game in just two days, allowing two runs and recording her seventh win of the year.
With two games left on the schedule La Verne needs to defeat Cal Lutheran today in to receive a bid to regional.
If the Leopards received the bid they will definitely make some noise.
Their offense has been on a hot streak and pitching combination of Olson and Ince will be hard to contain.
Start time is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Thousand Oaks.
“We want to beat Cal Lutheran bad,” Jones said. “We want to get it by mercy.”
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