The month of April concluded on a victorious note for both the University of La Verne baseball and golf teams, with both earning Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championships in a span of four days. The golf team notched its sixth straight SCIAC crown while the baseball team earned its first league title in four years.
The Leopard baseball squad captured outright claim to the 2012 SCIAC Championship by posting a 3-0 shutout win over Whittier on April 27 at Mt. SAC’s Mazmanian Field in Walnut. Starting pitcher Phil Schick outdueled Whittier ace Ryan Schwenn for the Leopards with a stellar outing, pitching 7.1 shutout innings
while recording five strikeouts, six hits and stranding seven on base. Junior outfielder Cody Hazel went 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo homer. A week earlier, the Leopards earned a share of the conference crown with a 13-0 shutout win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on April 21. As the conference champion, LaVerne (25-14, 20-8 SCIAC) receives the automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals with the date and site to be determined. La Verne wins its 20th SCIAC baseball title in school history and the fourth under head coach Scott Winterburn, who also led the Leopards to conference crowns in 2004, 2005, and 2008.
The championship reign continues for the Leopard
golf squad, finishing in first place at SCIAC 36 Hole
Championship by seven strokes on April 23 at Diamond
Valley Golf Club in Hemet. La Verne shot a team total of
582 with Cal Lutheran placing second at 589. Redlands
earned a third place finish at 594 followed by Claremont-
Mudd-Scripps in fourth at 597. With the victory the
Leos managed to overtake Redlands for first place in the
conference overall team standings with 43 total points
with the Bulldogs placing second with 40 followed by Cal
Lutheran with 37. Derek Zachman propelled the Leos to
victory by earning medalist honors after defeating Brad Shigezawa of CMS on the first hole of a sudden-death
playoff, sinking a 6-foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole. Zachman finished with a total of 141 (69-72). Both Nick
Ericson (72-74) and Kelby Scharmann (73-73) each shot 146 to tie for sixth overall while Andre Bedard (72-77)
carded a 149 to tie for 11th. The Leos receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships to be held May 15-18
in Orlando, Fla.
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