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La Verne hits its way to a sweep over Ducks

Erica Maurice
Staff Writer

The softball team pulled off back-to back wins against Stevens Institute 9-1 in game one and 19-0 in game two at Wheeler Park Sunday.

In the first game, La Verne pitcher Katherine Kibbe hit a homerun in the bottom of the first making it the only homerun of the game.

“I liked how we all came together and worked on team hitting,” second baseman Rachel Hong said. “This season I expect a lot of good team work.”

Kibbe pitched a complete game, giving up two hits, a run and striking out six.

In game two Hong did a good job in keeping the Ducks off the bases.

“I liked how the pitchers shut down the batters on the other team,” outfielder Laura Olson said.

The excitement started in the bottom of the first, when first baseman Raven Freret tripled to right center bringing in shortstop Danielle Vela for the first Leopard run.

The first inning ended with La Verne holding the Ducks to no hits and no runs. The Leopards finished the inning with two hits and five runs.

The game picked up in the bottom of the third when La Verne scored 13 runs.

In the bottom of the third, third baseman Candice Nuñez continued the hitting for La Verne. She singled to the right side giving second baseman Taylor Williams and Hong the chance to score.

At one point during the bottom of the third, the bases were loaded and Vela doubled to left field resulting in three runs.

Ducks’ pitcher Molly Herforth hit five batters, giving her a total of seven walks for the game.

“Lots of people got hit by today’s pitcher that sucked,” Hong said.

With a somewhat uneventful play while La Verne was on the defense, Olson said it was hard to keep mental focus, but they muscled through it.

“We had a solid defense,” head coach Julie Smith said.“It all starts on the mound.”

She said with all the new players it takes a while for them to work together and now that they are midway through the season it is starting to happen.

Hong pitched four innings giving up one hit and striking out four. Rebecca Ho relieved Hong in the fifth and struck out the side to end the game.

The Leopards will try to continue their hot hitting, as they resume Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Friday on the road against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Erica Maurice can be reached at erica.maurice@laverne.edu.

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