CYPRESS, CA – The Cypress College softball team improved to 28-5 overall and 15-2 in the Orange Empire Conference with a six inning victory over the visiting Orange Coast College Pirates (15-18, 6-11 OEC) on Friday afternoon, 9-1. With four OEC games remaining and a three-game lead in the standings, the Chargers are just one win away from clinching a share of the 2018 OEC Title.
Sophomore pitcher Hailey Hoffman (W, 8-1) received the win in the circle, allowing just one run on three hits in six innings. OCC starter Danielle Votendahl (L, 3-4) received her fourth loss of the season after giving up seven runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks in four innings.
The Chargers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Sydney McCollum (1-for-1, RBI) drove in the game's first run on a sacrifice fly to left field before Infinity Laufou 1(-for-2, RBI) drilled an RBI single to center field.
Cypress erupted for five additional runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of two critical fielding errors made by the Pirates to take a 7-0 lead.
Orange Coast answered with a run in the sixth, but Cypress ultimately ended the game in the bottom of the inning. Alexis Riviera (1-for-2, RBI) slapped a single to center field with runner on first and second. Celeste Rodriguez (1-for-1) beat an errant throw to home plate allowing Vanessa Ayala (1-for-3) to dart past third and score the game's winning run.
No. 2 softball will return to action tomorrow in a state championship rematch on the road against No. 5 Mt. SAC. Games are scheduled for 3:00/5:00 p.m.
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