CYPRESS, CA – The Cypress College softball team opened CCCAA postseason play at home on Friday with an 8-2 victory Southwestern. The Chargers will look to close out the best of three Southern California Regional Series in tomorrow's game two, scheduled for 12:00 pm, followed by an if necessary game three tomorrow at 2:00 pm.
Sophomore OEC Pitcher of the Year and All-State selection, Hope Davalos (W, 23-6), received the start and the win for Cypress in the circle. Davalos tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.
Southwestern's Trudie Nixon (L, 20-9) received the loss after allowing eight runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.
The Jaguars came ready to play, lighting up Davalos for four hits and two runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. However, the Chargers responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first to tie the game 2-2.
After her first inning struggles, Davalos settled in, shutting out Southwestern for the remainder of the game.
Cypress took the lead in the second on a sacrifice fly from OEC Player of the Year Sydney McCollum (1-for-3, RBI). The Chargers added another run in the fourth on an infield RBI single from Laufou, before taking a three-run lead in the fifth as pinch runner Rebecca Espinosa scored from third on a wild pitch.
Laufou capped off the game with a three-run bomb over the center field wall, for her team-leading sixth HR of the season.
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