No. 11 College of the Canyons outscored Victor Valley College 23-3 at Whitten Field on Tuesday to sweep a conference doubleheader and push its unbeaten streak to eight games.
Canyons (12-2-1, 3-0) received the perfect combination of pitching and hitting, and required the minimum five innings in both victories. COC won the first game 12-0 and followed it up with an 11-3 thumping in the second game.
Cougar starting pitcher Alexis Ramirez (8-0) got the call in game one. She tossed four innings and allowed just three hits and a walk, and knocked in two runs of her own at the plate.
Freshman Katie Taix pitched a final scoreless inning.
The Rams (2-12-1) managed to keep it close until Canyons put together a four-run rally in the third, highlighted by a pair of RBI doubles from freshman Melanie Abzun. She finished 2-for-4 and also added a run.
In the fourth COC used that momentum to add eight more runs on six hits.
Freshman Sienna Vannoy also continued her hot hitting, posting another two-hit game to go with a pair of runs and two RBIs.
Game two featured more of the same from COC, as the Cougars' lineup pounded out 13 more hits to give starting pitcher Sarah Wilson (4-2) all the run support she would need.
The sophomore right-hander threw four innings, allowing three runs, but only one earned, and struck out three Victor Valley batters. Once again, it was Taix pitching the final frame.
Vannoy was 2-for-2 with a home run in the second game and led Canyons with four RBIs and a pair of runs.
Freshman Micayla Aguilar was 1-for-2 with a triple, sacrifice fly, two RBIs and a run.
On the base paths, the Cougars stole seven bags including three from Wilson, two from Clinkunbroomer and two by Alexis Avila.
Canyons will next travel to Antelope Valley College for a conference matchup at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16.