Thursday, March 29, 2012

McGee No-Hits Golden West

Courtney McGee tossed a five-inning no-hitter against the Rustlers.

Courtney McGee
Huntington Beach, Calif. - Cypress dominated Golden West College in an 11-0 victory. Courtney McGee earned the no-hit victory with a six strikeout, two walk day on the mound.

At the plate, Jessica Reichner was on fire. Reichner finished 4 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Natalia Morales also finished perfect at the plate with a 3 for 3 effort that included 2 runs scored and an RBI. Kristina Victa and Olivia Arredondo both collected two hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs. Mallory Campbell and Monique Hernandez drove in the other two runs, while Melissa Mankey, Tiffany Fox and Katie Zwickl accounted for Cypress other three scores in the game.

Cypress heads on the road to Ventura for a four game set against Long Beach City, Oxnard, Reedley and host Ventura before returning home to face off against Santiago Canyon at home on Wednesday, April 4 at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cypress Sails Past Coast

Mallory Campbell had a sizzling 4 for 4 day in the Chargers 11-3 victory over OCC.
Mallory Campbell
Cypress, Calif. - Cypress College softball took one more step towards the inevitable with an 11-3 rout of Orange Coast College at home on Wednesday.

Mallory Campbell was unstoppable with a 4 for 4 performance that included three runs scored and an RBI. Natalia Morales drove in a pair of runs, while Tiffany Fox finished with three RBI and two runs scored on an inside the park home run down the right field line. Chelsea Jewett chipped in with a run scored and one RBI in the game, and Kristina Victa, Morgan Wheeler, Olivia Arredondo, Katrina Weber and Jessica Reichner all scored one time each as well.

Cypress fell behind 2-0 after the top of the first inning, but cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom half of the inning, when Campbell tripled then scored on a wild pitch by Orange Coast starting pitcher Daae Cantu (5-12) to make it a 2-1 game.

Coast's Alosina Skipps gave the Pirates a two-run advantage in the top of the second when she lifted her fourth home run of the year over the center field wall. Head coach Brad Pickler made a call to the bullpen a few batters later to bring Stephanie Luhmann (7-1) in to relieve Cypress starting pitcher Monique Hernandez. Luhmann would go on to earn her seventh victory of the year after tossing 3.2 innings of no hit ball that included five strikeouts. Courtney McGee came in to pitch the final two outs of the game.

Cypress tied the game with two runs in the bottom half of the second, then opened up a three run lead in the third when Fox drove in Campbell and Jewett an inside the park homerun down the right field line.

The Chargers tacked on four more runs in the fourth inning when Campbell singled in Victa, Reichner scored on a Jewett sac fly to center, and Campbell and Weber both scored on a couple of OCC defensive miscues on the same play.

The game was called in the sixth after the Chargers made it an eight-run game.

Cypress heads to Ventura this weekend to play four games before returning home to play Santiago Canyon for the third and final time next Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chargers Hold Off Dons in 5-4 Victory at Home

Stephanie Luhmann
Stephanie Luhmann won her sixth game; Tiffany Fox drove in four RBI.

Cypress, Calif. - Tiffany Fox drove in four runs and Chelsea Jewett had the Chargers other RBI in a 5-4 Orange Empire Conference victory at Cypress College on Friday. Jewett went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Mallory Campbell also scored twice, while Jessica Reichner came in to score one time against the Dons.

Cypress (20-4, 11-1) pitcher starting Stephanie Luhmann (6-1) picked up her sixth win of the year after allowing just two runs on six hits in four innings of work. Courtney McGee got her first save of the year after tossing six innings of two-run ball out of the bullpen. Santa Ana (15-9, 6-6) starting pitcher Kaitlyn Hooper (12-7) got tagged with the loss after giving up five runs - all earned - on nine hits in six innings on the mound.

The Chargers return to action on Wednesday, March 28. when Orange Coast College comes to visit. That game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chargers Blank Gauchos

Cypress scores eight runs in the fifth and sixth to mercy-rule Saddleback 8-0.

Jessica Reichner
Cypress, Calif. - After four scoreless innings by the leagues top-two offenses, Cypress College (19-4, 10-1) erupted for eight runs in the final two innings to blank Saddleback College (21-6, 9-3) 8-0 in an Orange Empire Conference matchup at Cypress on Wednesday.

With the victory, the Chargers clinched the season series over the Gauchos, and solidified their stranglehold on first place in the OEC standings after an impressive win that put them a game-and-a-half ahead of Saddleback at the top of the league rankings. The mercy-rule shortened game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning after Cypress tagged Danielle Santos (17-2) for five runs to make it 8-0. Cypress won the previous matchup this season between the two squads 7-1, and has now dominated the Gauchos by a 15-1 margin in two combined OEC games.

Cypress starting pitcher Courtney McGee (9-2) picked up the victory after tossing six innings of shutout ball, and allowing just four hits to the Gauchos all afternoon. Saddleback's Santos (17-2) got a reality check against the leagues top hitting team when she gave up eight runs (six earned) on six hits and four walks, in 5.2 innings of work.

Sophomores Jessica Reichner and Chelsea Jewett both went 2 for 4 at the plate. Reichner continued to swing a hot bat for the Chargers, ending the day with three RBI that all came on a bases-clearing triple to right center in the game-ending five-run rally. Reichner also scored twice in the contest, including the fourth run of the inning in the bottom of the sixth when Arren Nunez drove her in with a single to right. Nunez would eventually come around to score the decisive eighth and final run of the game on an RBI single by Jewett. Nunez finished with a pair of runs scored to go with her one RBI. Kristina Victa accounted for two Charger runs, while Melissa Mankey and Natalia Morales each scored on Reichner's triple in the sixth.

After four shutout innings by both pitchers, Cypress finally got to Santos in the bottom of the fifth when Victa, Nunez and Reichner all scored to put Cypress ahead 3-0 over a Saddleback squad that continued to struggle at the plate in its half of the sixth.

The Cypress bats were just beginning  to warm up in the bottom half of the inning.

After a quick out to start their at-bat in the sixth, the Chargers loaded the bases with their best hitter stepping into the box. Reichner didn't dissapoint the fans in attendance when she smoked a three-run triple to right center that sent Victa, Mankey and Morales home to make it a 6-0 contest at the time. Reichner and Nunez would come in to cross the plate with the final two runs of the contest in the Chargers 8-0 Orange Empire Conference win over Saddleback College.

After two dominating performances against Saddleback this year, Cypress College showed the OEC's second place Saddleback Gauchos that they have a lot more work to do if they hope to win a conference crown.

Cypress plays again on Friday when Santa Ana College comes to town for a 2 p.m. matchup at Cypress College.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chargers Exterminate Hornets

Arren Nunez
Arren Nunez hits a grand Slam to lift Cypress past Fullerton College.

Cypress, Calif. - Cypress College softball bounced back from their first Orange Empire Conference loss of the year with a mercy rule shortened 12-3 pounding of the over-matched Fullerton College Hornets at home on Friday.

The Chargers (18-4, 9-1) scored 12 runs on a 13 hit offensive eruption that was led by sophomore Jessica Reichner's 3 for 5 day at the plate. Reichner finished with three RBI and two runs scored. Mallory Campbell also chipped in with three hits against the Hornets (4-12, 1-8). Arren Nunez had a team-high four RBI after blasting a grand slam over the left center field wall in a six run bottom of the third for Cypress College.

Cypress finished off Fullerton with the mercy rule when Reichner hit a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth.

The Chargers Stephanie Luhmann earned her sixth win of the year after coming into relieve starting pitcher Monique Hernandez in the first inning. Luhmann struck out six in four innings of shutout ball.

Cypress returns to action next week when they host Saddleback College on Wednesday, March 21 at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chargers Fall to Tigers 2-1 in Eight Innings

Back-to-back two-out hits gave Riverside College the win over Cypress on Wednesday.
Stephanie Luhmann
Riverside, Calif. - Cypress College's hopes for an undefeated season in Orange Empire Conference play this year vanished yesterday afternoon after a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Riverside College (13-6, 7-2) on road Wednesday.

The second regular season matchup between the Chargers (17-4, 8-1) and the Tigers turned into a pitchers dual early on. Neither team could get their offense going against Cypress' Stephanie Luhmann (5-1) or Riverside's Nicole Zink (9-3).

Luhmann nearly pitched her way out of the eighth inning jam, but that last out turned out to be elusive. Luhmann was dealing all day and finished with 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings on the mound for Cypress.

Riverside got on the board first with a run in the bottom half of the fourth, but Cypress would tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth after Chelsea Jewett legged out a bunt single, then stole second to give the Chargers a runner in scoring position. Tiffany Fox came through with a clutch RBI double that scored Jewett to get the game back to even at 1-1.

The Tigers looked to be going down in order in the bottom of the tenthinning before RCC strung together a pair of back-back hits to hand the Chargers their first OEC loss of the season, and fourth overall.

Cypress will return home on Friday to host Fullerton College at 2 p.m., in the first game of a four-game homestand.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cypress Sweeps Doubleheader Over Citrus and Grossmont

The Chargers had to rally to beat Citrus, before blowing Grossmont out in the final game of the day.
Cypress, Calif. - The Chargers (16-3) began their long day with a tight 3-2 victory over Citrus College at home on Saturday. The second game went much smoother for Cypress in a 13-4 win over Grossmont College to close out the day.

Chelsea Jewett
Courtney McGee (7-2) came in from the bullpen to earn the victory over Citrus on Saturday. Cypress starter Stephanie Luhmann (5-0) began the game as a starter, and ended it as a closer to secure the victory over the Owls.

In the second game of the day, Monique Hernandez (5-1) dominated Grossmont right from the start as the Chargers used an eight run bottom of the first to blow the game wide open before the Griffins even knew what hit them.

Arren Nun
Arren Nunez was unstoppable in the win over the Griffins by going a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with a run scored and four RBI. Mallory Campbell scored twice and drove in two runs. Katie Zwickl and Katrina Weber both had a couple RBI's on in the game, while four different Chargers scored two runs or more in the game.

Hits were a little harder to come by in the first game of the day as Cypress pulled out the 3-2 win over Citrus College, despite being out-hit 8 to 3 in the game. Melissa Mankey had two of the three hits, and a run scored for the Chargers.

Chelsea Jewett's two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the key to victory for Cypress. That made it a 3-1 game heading into the ninth where Cypress was able to hold off an Owls rally that made it a one run game.

Cypress will return to Orange Empire Conference action on Friday March 16 when NOCCCD rival Fullerton College comes to town.

Cypress shakes hands after win over Grossmont.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cypress Pounds Santiago Canyon at Home

Tiffany Fox drove in five runs and scored three times in the win.

Cypress, Calif. - Cypress College (15-3, 8-0) picked up its second victory of the year over Santiago Canyon College (9-15, 3-5) at home on Friday with a runaway 16-1 win.

Tiffany Fox led the charge with five RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Jessica Reichner continued her hot hitting with 2 for 4 day that included two runs scored and three runs batted in. Kristina Victa, Arren Nunez and Chelsea Jewett each scored two times in the game as well.

Monique Hernandez (4-1) went the distance in a five-inning shortened game to earn her fourth victory of 2012. Hernandez only allowed one run (unearned) on two hits.
The Chargers used two big eight-run innings in the bottom of the second, and again in the bottom of the fourth, to blow this game wide open and earn their league leading eighth Orange Empire Conference victory of the year. Fox's three-run inside the park homerun in the second inning was the first homerun of her short career at Cypress.

Cypress will play a split doubleheader tomorrow when it hosts Grossmont at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 and Citrus at 3 p.m.. Grossmont and Citrus will face off against each other in the middle game of the afternoon at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Luhmann Fans 12 in Chargers Win

Freshman Stephanie Luhmann strikes out a career high 12 Rustlers in Chargers 4-2 win.
Stephanie Luhmann
Cypress, Calif. - Cypress remains undefeated in Orange Empire Conference play after beating Golden West College 4-1 at home on Wednesday afternoon.

Cypress (14-3, 7-0) starting pitcher Stephanie Luhmann struck out a season high 12 batters in a complete game four-hitter against the Rustlers (5-12, 2-4), who didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning.

Jessica Reichner led the way for Cypress at the plate with a 3 for 4 effort that included one run, and one RBI. Arren Nunez and Mallory Campbell each went 1 for 4 with a run and an RBI as well. Tiffany Fox was 2 for 3 batting, while Natalia Morales and Courtney McGee each chipped in with a hit each.

The Chargers scored a run in their first two at bats to take an early 2-0 advantage after two innings. 
Campbell scored Cypress College's first run of the game when she came in to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning.

Reichner singled in Kristina Victa from third for the Chargers second run of the game to give Cypress a two-run cushion over Golden West College. 

Cypress scored twice more in the bottom of the fifth to open up a 4-0 lead when Nunez drove in Reichner for the third run of the game, and Campbell singled through the left side to put the Chargers up by four runs.

Golden West got a run back in the top of the sixth, and another in the seventh to cut Cypress’ lead in half, but that would be all the scoring for the rest of the game as the Chargers earned their seventh OEC win of the year with a 4-2 victory over GWC at home.

Cypress takes on Santiago Canyon College at 2 p.m. on Friday for the second time this season, before hosting Grossmont College and Citrus College in a three-way doubleheader on Saturday. Cypress faces off against Grossmont at 10 a.m., and Citrus at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cypress Grounds Citrus 6-3

Chargers erupt for four-runs in the fifth to break game open.
Arren Nunez
Glendora, Calif. - Cypress College softball picked up a 6-3 non-conference road victory over Citrus College on Tuesday.

Courtney McGee picked up the win on the mound, and helped her cause by hitting a home run and driving in a pair of RBI. Arren Nunez finished with a pair of hits that included a triple, an RBI, and a run scored. Natalia Morales knocked in two runs and scored once, and Mallory Campbell drove in a run and crossed the plate once. Chelsea Jewett and Jessica Reichner accounted for the two other Cypress runs in the game.

Cypress (13-3) went into the top of the fifth inning tied at 2-2 with Citrus College (10-6), but a four-run outburst in the top half of the inning broke the game wide open. Citrus would add one run in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to catch the Chargers in a 6-3 non-conference win.

Cypress returns home on Wednesday to host Golden West College in an Orange Empire Conference game scheduled to start at 3 p.m.