CYPRESS, CA – The top-ranked Cypress College softball team (14-0, 6-0 OEC) defeated visiting Saddleback College (4-11, 1-5 OEC) in five innings on Wednesday afternoon, 13-4. The Chargers are the only unbeaten team remaining in the state, and have now won 62 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Sophomore pitcher Hailey Hoffman (3-0) earned her third win of the season, allowing just one run on one hit in 3.1 innings of work. Carlee Russo (0-1 received her first loss of the season for Saddleback after giving up 13 runs, including nine earned runs, in four innings.
The Gauchos opened the scoring early in the bottom of the first, capitalizing on a Cypress throwing error, to take a 1-0 lead. The Chargers responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a 2 RBI single to center field from Destiny Lucero (1-for-2, 2 RBI).
Hoffman was perfect in the circle through her final 2.1 innings, before Adriana Barrera pitched 1.2 innings of relief. The Chargers erupted for eight unanswered runs to take a 13-1 lead into the fifth inning, capped off by a three-run bomb over the left field fence from McCollum.
The Gauchos put together a three-run rally in the fifth, but Barrera put the game away forcing a fly out to center field, as Cypress emerged victorious by mercy rule, 13-4.
Cypress softball will return to action on Friday when they travel to take on district rival Fullerton College at 2:00 p.m.
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