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February 4, 2011
Gary Pine
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Alex Mitchell’s 2-out, 2-run double into the gap in left-centerfield in the top of the fifth inning scored Alene Casillas and Jamie Roland to lift Cal State San Bernardino to a 2-1 victory over Azusa Pacific and complete a nonconference doubleheader sweep of the Cougars. The Coyotes won the first game, 4-2.

Mitchell’s rip of Taryn Devich’s first offering was the highlight of a 4-hit night for her. She went 2-for-4 in both games, and just as she did in the second game, she also had a key 2-out, 2-run double in the fifth inning of the first game, this time to right-centerfield to keep the inning going. The next batter, Jamie Leffingwell, cranked her first home run of the season, a 3-run bomb that proved to be the difference in the first game.

In that opening game, the Cougars struggled to get to Coyote pitcher Cassidy Lee, who retired 10 of the first 11 batters of she faced. However, with 1 out in the bottom of the fourth, she hit Cougar Bekah Weisser, and third baseman Olivia Wilcox followed with her first home run as a Cougar, a shot that just cleared the leftfield fence to give Azusa Pacific a short-lived 2-1 lead.

The Coyotes answered with Leffingwell’s home run in their next at-bat, and Lee kept the Cougars at bay the rest of the way, escaping a mini-jam in the seventh when Azusa Pacific’s Heather Koch and Rita Kim each singled before Lee struck out the final 2 Cougars to end the game.

In the nightcap, Azusa Pacific put 7 runners at third base and yet pushed across just one of them, that coming on a Kim 2-out single up the middle to score Nicole Llorens in the first inning. The Cougars had a runner on base in every inning and out-hit Cal State San Bernardino, 8-7. Angie Sprague and Leslie-Anne Picone each had 3 hits in the game.

With the setback, Azusa Pacific falls to 3-3 on the season, while Cal State San Bernardino improves to 2-2.