by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
LA VERNE, Calif. - The Pirates bounced back from a 9-2 loss in the first game with a 6-0 shutout in game two against La Verne in California. Michelle Silva batted in 4 RBIs in two games with two homeruns to left field. Madi Perez sat the first game and came in to throw six innings in the second with six strikeouts.
Game One: La Verne 9, Whitworth 2
La Verne took control early, going up 8-0 in the first three innings on a homerun and a double from Angelica DeAngelo that brought in five base runners. The Pirates were unable to mount a comeback despite only having two less hits than the home team, who brought in all nine of theirs.
La Verne took an early lead in the bottom of the first off of a home run from Alexis Schiff that scored Carly Condon who was on second after a walk and a stolen base.
In the second inning, the Leopards expired the top of the inning by throwing out Tessa Matthews who was attempting to steal second. Then in the bottom of the inning, Justice Borden singled up the middle and was brought home by a DeAngelo homerun to left-centerfield to go up 4-0.
The Pirates gained some momentum putting three batters on base on two walks and a single from Allie Rude and a fielder's choice by Desi Graham. Unfortunately, the Leopards ended the top of the inning with two outs on the next two at-bats. La Verne scored three on a DeAngelo double, followed by another double from Samantha Morales to give them an 8-0 lead.
Michelle Silva kicked off the fourth inning with a homerun to left field to get the Pirates on the board, 8-1. Ashley Trueblood, taking over for Megan Truesdale who earned the first start of the year, struck out one and forced two groundouts to end the inning.
Ramirez added another score for the Bucs in the fifth when multiple errors took her from first to home to make the score 8-2. The Leopards put two on, but were unable to strike, leaving them both stranded on a ground out to shortstop.
The sixth inning led to the final score when La Verne's Michelle DeGuzman singled up the middle to drive Schiff home.
Truesdale starts off the season on the wrong end, moving to 0-1. Haley Jaquess moves to 2-0 for the Leopards.
Myranda Ramirez went 2-2 with a walk and Allie Rude added the same to lead the Pirates at the Plate. DeAngelo got hits on two of her three at bats for five RBIs. Schiff also went 2-3 with a walk for three of the Leopards runs and added two RBIs.
Game 2: Whitworth 6, La Verne 0
Matthews struck first in game two, scoring Silva and Wessel forcing Erica Ponce to replace Jaquess on the mound for La Verne. Madi Perez started off game two in the circle for the Pirates and struck out two in a three up three down half inning.
Ponce quickly repaid the favor, expiring the inning with the first three Whitworth batters, but Perez struck out two more and threw one out at first to keep the bases empty after two.
In the fourth inning after having two batters fly out to left field, Rheanne Lewis tripled to center to put a runner in scoring position for the Pirates. An infield fly left her stranded to bring the top of the inning to an end. Condon singled to left field, Schiff and Borden were walked back to back with two outs, and DeAngelo left them stranded with a pop up at the plate caught by Rude.
Ramirez started up the bats for Whitworth with a single with only one out. Logan Miller advanced her with another single and Wessel reached on a fielder's choice resulting in Ramirez on third and Miller as the second out. Silva launched her second homerun of the year to left field to bring Ramirez and Wessel home, going up 5-0.
Ramirez rounded out the scoring for the Pirates when a single up the middle scored Lewis to make it 6-0.
Madi Perez improves the Pirates to 1-1 and her record on the mound to 1-0 with a shutout victory, throwing six innings and tallying six strikeouts. Jaquess drops to 2-1 with her and the Leopard's first loss of the season.
Next Up: The Pirates will head to Redlands, Calif. to take on Redlands University tomorrow, Jan. 28. The first pitch will be thrown at 11 a.m.