Softball team shuts out Riverside

Andrew Perez

 

Jessica Lozano’s pitching performance and the continuous hitting by the Cerritos college softball team added up to an 8-0 nonconference victory over Riverside Wednesday at Nancy Kelly field.

 

Lozano pitched a scoreless complete five-inning game, striking out two and allowing just three singles to the opposition to increase the teams record to 6-1 on the year.

Great defense and trying to keep the hitters off balance is what Lozano attributes to her successful pitching.

But errorless pitching and defense wasn’t the only standout, the team picked up right where they left off after Mondays 12-1 victory over Santiago Canyon hitting wise.

The attack was led by the top of the order sophmores Cassandra Godoy, Devin Salmones, and Samantha Vaaulu by getting two hits apiece to go along with the Falcons recieving four walks.

It was in the bottom of the third when the team broke through to tack on five more runs to their already 1-0 lead to extend the margin to 6-0.

“Once we start scoring, we keep it going and score from there” said Vaaulu, who hit a line drive homerun to go along with her RBI double in the game.

The inning started off with some small ball as singles were hit by shortstop Godoy and outfielder Salmones.

Then, last years National Catcher of the Year Vaaulu followed with a RBI double that was shortly followed by a sacrifice fly hit by second baseman Lindsay Marquez.

Two more runs were then added from a double hit to the fence in right centerfield by third baseman Brandi Rummel to end the inning.

“Well we got strong hitters” claimed head coach Kodee Murray. “Our players have come out and worked really hard all fall.”

These two teams also encountered eachother in last years State Tournament, which also ended in a similar fashion as the Falcons posted a 10-4 win over Riverside in their only meeting..

The teams approach of every game being a big game, as coach Murray puts it, will be tested once again as they will be hosting Palomar on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Nancy Kelly field for their next game.