AZUSA, Calif. -- Olivia Wilcox hammered a pair of 3-run home runs, one in each game, to propel the NAIA’s No. 22-ranked Azusa Pacific to a pair of run-ruled 10-2 victories over Holy Names University, Monday afternoon, at the Cougar Softball Complex.
In the twin-bill, Wilcox was a combined 4-for-7 with 7 RBIs, a double, and the aforementioned 2 home runs.
And her number could have been better.
She ended the first game with what had to be ruled a double, though in reality she laced a triple to the right-center gap that would have scored 2 runs. However, as soon as Nicole Llorens scored from second on Wilcox’s hit, the game officially ended even though Bekah Weisser easily scored from first base as well.
Wilcox highlighted a 3-run first-inning for the Cougars with single to center that knotted the game briefly at 1-1. With Azusa Pacific still up 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the crushed a 2-out, 3-run bomb deep over the leftfield wall to double the Cougars’ score and give Azusa Pacific a 6-1 cushion.
Azusa Pacific tacked on 4 more runs in the bottom of the sixth, ending with Wilcox’s gapper.
Sophomore pitcher Taryn Devich was the benefactor of the Cougar onslaught. Devich danced around some wildness, allowing just 3 hits but walking 5 in 5 innings of work to pick up her fourth win in 7 decisions this season.
In the nightcap, Wilcox capped a 6-run second inning with another 3-run homer, her team-leading fourth round-tripper of the season to put Azusa Pacific up 8-1 at the time.
The Hawks added a harmless run in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore pitcher Rita Kim came out the bullpen to retire the final 5 Holy Names’ batters, 3 by strikeout, to preserve the win form Mariah Worley, who was effective but nonetheless saw her streak of innings without giving up an earned run end at 36.2. With the win she improved to 4-1 on the season.
Sprague finished the doubleheader 4-for-6 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Weiser was 2-for-5 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs, and Natalie Barnaby showed signs of snapping out of a season-long slump by going 4-for-6 with 3 runs scored.
With the sweep Azusa Pacific pushes its modest yet season-high winning streak to 4 straight and improves to 11-7 on the season. Holy Names falls to 5-4.
Azusa Pacific heads to Arizona this weekend for 6 games at the Tucson Invitational Games, beginning with 3 contest on Friday and concluding with 3 more Saturday.