VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS BELOW AFTER GAME RECAP
AZUSA, Calif. -- Taryn Devich fired a six-inning one-hitter to lead Azusa Pacific to an 8-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader split with Colorado Christian, which won the opener of Thursday's evening twinbill in Azusa, 3-1.
Devich struck out seven and walked one, with the lone hit against her a fourth-inning one-out single, as the junior righthander posted her fifth career shutout.
“Taryn has great control, has a great changeup, and has great poise and command when she’s on the mound,” Cougar head coach Carrie Webber said. “She just did an outstanding job of hitting the spots she needed to and making the adjustments on those hitters. She was making adjustments and hitting the spots she really needed to, so hats off to her and to (catcher) Jac Harkey for calling a good game.”
Five Cougars collected two hits each in a 12-hit outburst that ended the second game in six innings. Olivia Wilcox and Erika Marmolejo hit back-to-back two-out doubles to get the Cougars' two-run sixth inning started, and Brandi Andrews ended it with a run-scoring single through the right side that scored Marmolejo from second base.
An inning earlier, Rachel Miller hit her second home run of the season, this one a no-doubt one-out solo shot to left that pushed Azusa Pacific to a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning.
In the opener, Colorado Christian pitcher Genevieve Reyna scattered one run on seven hits and struck out eight, and her defense provided her with all the big plays she needed to hang on for the 3-1 win. Colorado Christian broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, using three consecutive singles to take a 2-1 lead before a run-scoring error gave it an insurance run at 3-1.
“I told the girls, you can look at it a split two different ways,” Webber said. “You can view it that we fought back, made good adjustments and had a good win, or you can look at it that we let the first game get away from us. Those splits are always really hard, so at the end of the day, I’ll take it as we made the adjustments we needed to make in order to come back and get a win out of tonight.”
Long, who recorded Colorado Christian’s only hit in the second game, also came up with a timely hit in the opener, knocking a double to left to lead off the top of the second. She came around to score with two outs in the second on a fielder’s choice grounder up the middle, giving Colorado Christian an early 1-0 lead. Azusa Pacific tied it in the fourth when Andrews led off the frame with a double before eventually scoring on Miller’s fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt to the pitcher.
In the nightcap, the host Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, with leadoff hitter Angie Sprague opening up the first inning with an infield hit. Sprague stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and she scored on a Marmolejo single through the right side. Azusa Pacific added to the lead with another single run in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth on Miller’s solo blast, and the final two with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
Devich, who finished the first game with 1.2 scoreless innings and a pair of strikeouts, and she finished off the nightcap by retiring eight in a row. The best threat to score off Devich came in the fourth inning, when Colorado Christian had runners at second and third with two outs before a fly ball to center ended the scoring chance.
Sprague recorded two hits in each game, lifting her team-leading batting average to .442, while she is joined over the .400 mark by outfielder Heather Koch (.423) and Andrews (.405).
With the split, Azusa Pacific is now 10-2 on the season, while the first-year NCAA Div. II program from Colorado Christian is now 3-6 overall.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (filmed & edited by Rob Small