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.

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