by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
LA VERNE, Calif. – La Verne held Whitworth to just two runs in eighteen innings en route to a sweep of the Pirates in Saturday's non-conference contests.
Game 1: La Verne 3, Whitworth 2
Katheryn Navarro stranded eight Whitworth runners and survived a late scare to give the Leopards a win in the opener.
Navarro allowed four hits and two earned runs in a complete game effort. She struck out five Bucs and walked six.
Michelle Silva pulled the Pirates within one run in the seventh inning when she turned an inside corner changeup into her first home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback. Navarro induced a pop out from Sara Gayer in the next at-bat to close out the game.
The Leopards jumped out to their lead early, scoring on a fielder's choice and error in the second inning. La Verne extended its lead to 3-0 in the third thanks to another fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly.
The Bucs had a chance to cut into the Leopard lead in the fourth and fifth innings, when they put runners in scoring position with no outs. La Verne stemmed the tide in both innings by getting key strikeouts.
Madelyn Carlson allowed three runs, two of which were earned, in six innings for the Pirates.
Game 2: La Verne 1, Whitworth 0
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Drea Schwaier-Wolf hit Shelby Tevis with a pitch to give the Leopards a walk-off win.
The walk-off came after the Pirates failed to score with one out and runners in scoring position in the top of the inning. Silva and Gayer both reached base before stealing second and third, but Maddy Thomas struck out and Morgan Portlock lined out to end the frame.
Jiana Rojo tossed seven scoreless innings for La Verne, allowing just six hits, walking one, and striking out six.
Schwaier-Wolf allowed just one run in 62/3 innings of work. The freshman allowed seven hits and struck out three Leopards.
Looking Ahead: Whitworth returns to action on Sunday when it takes on Chapman at 11 a.m.