Thursday, March 14, 2019

Softball Takes Two at La Verne

Recap, photo courtesy of Ithaca College
LA VERNE, Calif. – The Ithaca College softball team completed the sweep of La Verne on Thursday afternoon with a 6-5 win in game one and an 8-0, five-inning game two victory.

Win the win, the Bombers are now 5-1 on the season with four games left of the spring break trip to California.

Game 1 | Ithaca 6, La Verne 5

La Verne got on the board first when Katheryn Navarro sent a solo shot over the fence to take a 1-0 lead.

After two and one-half scoreless innings, the Bombers took the lead in the top of the fourth inning. First-year Daniella Mulvey started things off for Ithaca with a single right field before senior Annie Cooney drilled a two-run homer to put IC up 2-1.

The Leopards answered back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, 2-2. Mikayla Mendoza led off with a double to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She was ultimately driven in by a Carly Condon sacrifice fly to right field.

La Verna put together a two-run bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead over Ithaca. Navarro led off with a single up the middle and headed to third on a Justice Borden sacrifice bunt. Gabriella Underwood drove in Navarro for the first run of the inning before scoring on a Mendoza trip to right.

After a scoreless sixth inning, the Bombers put up a huge seventh inning. Vanessa Brown started things off with a single before Gabby Laccona sent a shot to left field. Abby Shields then drew a walk to load the bases and Mulvey blasted a grand slam to bring all runners in and give Ithaca a 6-4 advantage.

La Verne put another run on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning, starting with a Shelby Tevis walk. Tevis advanced to second on a Mendoza single and scored on an error. The Bombers forced the final two outs to preserve the lead and take the win.

Mulvey finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored while Cooney went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Emily Holden picked up her first win of the year after coming on to pitch three innings of relief.

Game 2 | Ithaca 8, La Verne 0

The Bombers came out firing on all cylinders in the second game of the day to score seven runs in the first inning.

Brown led off with a single before stealing second to put herself in scoring position. Laccona ripped a single up the middle to score Brown before headed to second on an Alex Wright single.

Sophomore Haley White followed that up with a single and advanced on an error, allowing Laccona and Wright to score and take a 3-0 lead.

Both Cooney and Ellie Murray drew walks before Alex Kimmel drove in White and moved the runners up a base. Cooney and Murray both scored on a Nikkey Skuraton bunt and a fielding error.

A Laccona single to left field pushed Skuraton across home plate and gave the Bombers a 7-0 advantage.

Ithaca put up another run in the top of the fifth inning after three and one-half scoreless innings. Cooney blasted her second home run of the day to put IC up 8-0, which ultimately forced the end of the game in the fifth inning.

Both Laccona and White finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored while Cooney went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Fleming earned her second win of the season, striking out four in five innings of work.

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