RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University closed its regular season with a sweep of Dominican Saturday, exploding for 10 runs in the late game after battling through another tight ball game early.
The Lancers took the opener 1-0, before more than doubling the team’s run total from the previous three games against the Penguins with a 10-0 five-inning win in the finale.
“We finally came alive offensively today,” said CBU Head Coach Bill Baber. “That was great to see especially on senior day. All of our graduating seniors contributed in this win and really everybody in our lineup did their job and had a hand in it. It was a great team win.”
CBU once again got a dominant outing from its ace to take the opener 1-0, as Jessica Avila tossed all seven innings, scattering six hits and giving up one walk in the win.
Following the same script as the day before, the Lancers opened the game with a run in the first inning on a Savannah Miller double and Avila made it stand up the rest of the way. Miller drove in Marshean August who had doubled earlier in the inning.
Five different players tallied CBU’s five hits in the game off of Dominican starter Karly Harris.
It wasn’t until the second game of the day got underway that the Lancer bats finally woke up.
CBU pounded the Penguins for five runs on four hits in the opening inning en route to the 10-0 mercy-rule victory.
Miller went 3 for 3 with three RBI in the game and Danae Leiser was 1 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. Leiser’s three-run homer in the third inning gave CBU the eight-run lead it needed to eventually end the game early. It was the senior’s third long ball of the season and second of the four-game series.
CBU had 13 hits off Dominican pitching, chasing starter Ashlyn Moriarity from the game with just one out in the first inning after taking the 5-0 lead.
Belinda Renne and Kayla Hatch combined to seal the win in the circle, holding the Penguins scoreless for the fourth straight game. Renne got the start and tossed three innings of one-hit ball and Hatch threw the final two, also giving up just one hit.
“It was just good to see our senior class go out with a couple wins,” said Baber. “They’ve been a great group and they all have had amazing careers beyond just this season.”
CBU honored its six graduating seniors, Leiser, Mara Rodriguez, Sloan McHann, April Vasquez, Amanda Collins and Andie Banuelos, between games. The group combined has been a part of 210 wins, three conference championships, three national tournament appearances and an NCCAA National Championship last season, and statistically has compiled 696 hits, 479 RBI, 568 runs scored and 103 home runs over the span of their four year careers at CBU.
All six saw time in the doubleheader, with five getting hits.
The two wins help the Lancers finish the regular season 31-17 overall, 18-14 PacWest, giving the program 12 straight 30-win seasons. Dominican falls to 9-45, 2-29.
CBU now awaits the release of the NCCAA regional standings as the Lancers look to earn a berth in postseason play.