Cougars Softball Gets 9-1 Home Win vs. Glendale
By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
The Cougars used a five-run fifth inning to surge past visiting Glendale College at Whitten Field on Tuesday, later emerging with a shortened 9-1 victory in six innings.
Canyons (21-14-1, 6-4) has now won back-to-back games, and three of its last four, after splitting a weekend doubleheader at Long Beach City College. The Cougar lineup has plated at least nine runs in each of those victories. COC ranks fifth in the WSC in runs scored at 218.
COC freshman Samantha Flores recorded her third straight start for the Cougars and was effective throughout. Flores (9-10) scattered six hits and issued four walks to allow the single earned run. She also struck out four batters along the way.
Julia Fuentes gave Canyons the 1-0 advantage on an RBI-single in the second innings.
After Glendale (9-29, 1-10) briefly tied the game at 1-1 in the third the Cougar lineup erupted for a five-run inning that gave clear control to the COC side.
Elizabeth Rowe brought home another on an RBI-ground ball that allowed Fuentes to score. In the sixth it was Silva who recorded a double and scored on the same sequence thanks to some help from the Glendale infield.
Fuentes then ended all doubt with a double to left field that made it a 9-1 game and signaled the early exit for the Vaqueros.
The Cougars are currently third in the Western State Conference (WSC), East Division standings behind conference leader Bakersfield College (30-6, 10-0) and second place Antelope Valley College (25-10, 8-1)
- Julia Fuentes – 3-for-4, 2B, SB, R, 2 RBI
- Allyson Melgar – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Alyssa Silva – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R
- Brianne Tall – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, R, RBI
- Samantha Flores — W, 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks
Canyons will retake the field vs. L.A. Valley College at Whitten Field on Thursday, April 21. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
The current homestand continues with a non-conference double header vs. Palomar College that on Saturday, April 23. Games are scheduled for 12 and 2:30 p.m.
Canyons softball home games will be live streamed to fans on YouTube via the Cougars Sports Network. Continue to monitor www.COCathletics.com for livestream links or subscribe to the COC Athletics channel on YouTube.
—Photo by Kyle Kawamoto/COC Sports Information