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CHAPMAN 8-8, GEORGE FOX 0-1: Panthers Go Crazy with Eights in Sweep of Bruins
ORANGE, Calif. - Collecting 24 hits on the day and scoring eight runs in each game, the Chapman University Panthers opened their softball season by sweeping the visiting George Fox University Bruins 8-0 and 8-1, the first game in six innings, in a non-conference doubleheader Friday afternoon here at El Camino Real Park.
Game 1 - at Chapman 8, George Fox 0
Katie Terry (1-0) threw a complete-game three-hitter for the Panthers while her teammates posted 10 hits and took advantage of the first four Bruin errors of the season in cruising to a victory shortened by the eight-run ‘mercy’ rule. Terry fanned two and walked two. Allyssa DenDekker (1-1) started and took the loss for the Bruins, allowing nine hits and five runs, four earned, in 4.2 innings while fanning two and walking one.
Chapman got its first run in the 2nd on a solo home run to left-center by Courtney James, and got another in the 3rd as Karina Muniz got all the way to third on a muffed fly in left and scored on Kerry Peterson’s single.
Three-run innings in both the 5th and 6th innings extended the Panthers’ lead and eventually brought the game to a conclusion. Stephanie Engle had a two-run double and Brittany Furlong an RBI single in the 5th. In the 6th, the home team scored three times on only one hit as the Bruins committed three errors.
Muniz and Peterson had two hits each for Chapman, while Kris Trindle drilled a triple as one of three Bruins to get a hit.
Game 2 - at Chapman 8, George Fox 1
Cassie Oregel (1-0) struck out eight and walked only one while scattering four hits to lead the Panthers past the Bruins in the nightcap. Erin Hento (1-1) suffered the setback for the visitors, allowing 13 hits and eight runs, seven earned, in 4.2 innings while fanning one and passing two.
George Fox took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st as Trindle doubled to left and Felicia Chavez tripled her home. Hento gave up two hits to the Panthers in each of the first two innings but got out of both jams, but surrendered the tying run in the 3rd on a single by Peterson, an error at short, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by Lindsay Holt.
Chapman broke the game wide open in the 5th, scoring seven times. Muniz led off with a single and went all the way to third on an error in right, then scored the tie-breaking run on a single by Peterson. After Engle hit a one-out double, Furlong singled in two run. James had an RBI bunt single for the fourth run of the frame, Raquel Rinauro hit a two-run single, and Michelle Pitts capped the outburst by drawing a bases-loaded walk.
Three of the Bruins’ four hits went for extra bases, including a double by Mckynna Towery. Peterson led the Panthers’ 14-hit attack with three hits, while Muniz, Engle, and James had two hits apiece.
NEXT: George Fox (2-2) will take Saturday off, then conclude its southern California trip with a Sunday doubleheader at California Lutheran University, starting at 12:00 noon ... Chapman visits Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Saturday for a 12:00 noon twinbill.