FULLERTON, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific notched its third Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep Friday, scoring 20 runs in 10 innings in 9-0 and 11-2 victories that lasted just five innings each.
Junior pitcher Rita Kim tossed a three-hit shutout in the opener, retiring the first 11 Hope International batters before giving up a two-out fourth-inning single to Katie Gripp. Kim struck out seven and issued just one walk, and she was able to keep the shutout intact after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth. For the first two outs of the inning, Kim applied the tag at home plate after issuing a wild pitch, and she finished the game with a flyout.
Junior rightfielder Brandi Andrews became the fourth Cougar this season, and one of 15 all-time, to tie the program’s single-game home run record by hitting two in the opening game of the doubleheader. Andrews hit a two-out, two-run home run that capped a three-run first inning, and she added a second two-out, two-run shot in another three-run frame that rounded out the scoring in the fourth inning.
In the second game, Azusa Pacific took advantage of three Hope International errors in the top of the third, answering a pair of Royal runs an inning earlier to take an early 3-2 lead in the game. Then, in the fourth, the Cougars sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring six times for a 9-2 lead, and junior designated player Heather Koch put the mercy rule into effect with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning.
Junior pitcher Mariah Worley picked up the win, scattering the Royals’ two runs (one unearned) on six hits for her 11th win of the year. Andrews added a pair of singles, to improve to four-for-six with seven RBIs on the day and eight-for-12 (.667) on the week.
With the wins, Azusa Pacific improves to 32-6 overall, which includes a 6-2 GSAC record. Hope International falls to 22-20 overall, 2-6 GSAC. The Cougars host Hope International again on Tuesday, April 3. Friday’s matchup was a makeup of a doubleheader that had already been rained out twice earlier.