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March 5, 2011
Chris Duke
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Azusa, Calif -- Azusa Pacific’s pitching and hitting went hand-in-hand today as the Cougars combined for 12 runs on 15 hits, while managing to only give up a single run on 3 hits to sweep a doubleheader of NCAA Division II Maryville University Saturday afternoon. The Cougars won the first game, 8-0, in a run-ruled decision, and took the nightcap, 4-1.

Sophomore pitchers Rita Kim and Mariah Worley each threw complete games. Worley allowed only a first-inning hit and reigistered a pair of strikeouts. Kim struck out 11 against 8 different batters, and gave up just 2 hits and 1 earned run.

Sophomore 2B Angie Sprague went 3-5 with 3 singles and collected 3 runs and 3 walks throughout the doubleheader. Senior Bekah Weisser also collected 3 hits on the day’s games. She had 2 doubles, both to left center, and a single with 5 RBIs and a stolen base.

Azusa Pacific scored at least 2 runs in the first and last innings of the games, although the biggest rally came from the bottom of the 4th inning in the first game when 5 different Cougars hit for single. After junior Leslie-Anne Picone was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count to load the bases, freshman Kayla Anderson lined a single to left center to score and account for 2 of the 4 run in the bottom half of the inning.

With the doubleheader sweep, the Cougars improve to 9-7 and will host 4-1 Holy Names University back in Azusa on Monday (March 7). First pitch is set for 4 p.m.