Azusa, Calif -- Azusa Pacific, coming off a difficult 2-4 road trip in Arizona this past weekend, came out with 2 victories over fellow NAIA member Doane University (Neb.).
In the Cougars 10-1 and 5-0 victories Tuesday, Azusa Pacific matched its total runs scored that they tallied in the 6 games in Tucson.
With a team batting average of .435 during the doubleheader against Doane, including a 3-run homerun by junior Olivia Wilcox, her third 3-run HR of the year, and her fifth time going yard this season, the bats were in full force. Senior Bekah Weisser had a fine day at the plate, going 4-5 in the two games with 3 singles and a double to left center. Natalie Barnaby matched Weisser with a 4-5 night which were all singles, but accounted for 3 stolen bases as well.
“Putting 15 runs up on the day really gives us some confidence going into conference,” said Head Coach Carrie Webber. “It was nice to see the bats 1-throguh-9 really produce for us. And our slappers are doing a great job of getting on base for us and causing some chaos.”
Although Azusa Pacific’s offense may have put 15 runs on the board, the pitching duo of Mariah Worley and Rita Kim stole the show.
Worley had a perfect game going, including 6 strikeouts, into the final inning before the mercy rule set in, but a early no-out walk was followed by Doane’s first hit, which knocked in the walked batter. Kim’s complete game shutout included 11 strikeouts with only 2 hits given up on 28 batters faced.
“Our pitching did a great job of consistency, and working within the strike zones,” added Webber. “They didn’t give up a lot of walks and that’s what we are really looking for in our pitchers, to not give up free walks and bases. Worley’s perfect game didn’t work out but she did a great job tonight, and Rita just shut them down.”
With the doubleheader sweep, the Cougars improve to 15-11 and get a break until next Tuesday (Mar 22.) when they will face defending NAIA champion California Baptist University in the Golden State Athletic Conference opener.