RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- The three runs California Baptist University managed on Friday night turned out to be more than enough for a pair of wins as CBU swept Dominican in a PacWest doubleheader.
After scoring runs in the first two innings of the day, CBU took the opener 2-0 and then went scoreless for the next 10 innings before getting a bases loaded walk to end the nightcap 1-0.
The CBU pitching staff did more than its part to help those three runs stand up, allowing a total of three hits on the day to move the Lancers to 29-17 overall, 16-14 in the PacWest.
“We were a little rusty after being off for a while, but it was great to get the wins nonetheless,” said CBU Head Coach Bill Baber. “Our pitchers were fantastic. Jessica Avila did what she’s been doing for a while now and that’s dominating. Then Belinda Renne pitched a phenomenal game as well. Every time they looked like they might get something going she shut them down.”
The Lancers took the opener behind the pitching of Avila who went the distance, giving up two hits and no runs in the win. Avila struck out six to move her season record to 19-10 on the year. It was the freshman’s 22nd complete game this season.
The heart of the order got things going for the Lancers offensively, with Rachel Meyer doubling with two outs in the first and Sloan McHann following with a second straight two-out double to bring her home and give CBU an early 1-0 lead.
Danae Leiser made it 2-0 in favor of CBU in the second with her second homer of the season, giving the Lancers all of the offense they needed for the win.
Avila allowed a double in the first inning and then didn’t allow a runner past first base, giving up just one more base knock in the fourth the rest of the way.
Renne then came out and one-upped her rotation mate, tossing a one-hit shutout in the late game. The freshman hurler threw all seven innings, striking out 11 on the way to her ninth win of the year. Renne allowed just two base runners all night as Dominican never threatened.
The Lancers also seemed to be stymied by Dominican starter Ashlyn Moriarity until Savannah Miller led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit up the middle. Heather Smith, in just her fourth at-bat of the year, then followed by laying down a near perfect bunt to give CBU runners on first and second with no outs.
Moriarity would never record an out in the seventh, as April Vasquez loaded the bases by beating out a slapped single back to the pitching circle and then pinch-hitter Ashley DeVaere drew the game winning walk in four pitches to end it.
“We finally figured it out in the seventh that we needed to be patient,” said Baber. “What a fantastic job by Heather. She made some great plays in the outfield and then even though she hasn’t had hardly any at-bats all year she made a great bunt and got on. That was big.”
Miller was 2 for 3 as the lone Lancer in the late game with multiple hits and McHann went 3 for 3 in the opener.
CBU has now won 10 of its last 11 games.
The Lancers and Penguins will be back in action tomorrow as CBU closes the regular season with its final doubleheader at 12 p.m.