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COC notebook: Cougars softball has big week

Canyons earns tiebreakers; Low sets a PR in 800

Posted: April 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons softball moved back near the top of the state rankings, checking in at No. 2 in the latest poll.

The Cougars certainly weren’t second-best on the field this week.

COC swept a doubleheader against Glendale on Tuesday and then beat Bakersfield on Thursday, three huge wins that could have tiebreaking implications in the race for the Western State Conference, Blue Division title.

The men’s golf team won the fifth WSC match on Monday, and while the track and field teams had the week off, Chris Low set a new personal record at the Stanford Invitational.

The baseball team, meanwhile, went 1-2 at a tournament in Santa Maria.


Thanks to a three-run fifth inning, the Cougars beat Bakersfield 4-1 on Thursday to win the season series and give themselves a cushion in the standings.

Kimmie Lockhart earned the win in the circle — her third of the week — by pitching all seven innings and giving up just one run on four hits.

Adriana Correra hit a home run and also had two RBIs, while Lockhart and Ruby Herrera each had two hits, with Lockhart scoring a run and hitting a double and a triple. Amy Droege and Jenny Wunderlich also scored.

In the doubleheader against Glendale, Canyons won the first game 6-2 behind Lockhart, who gave up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Droege went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, while Wunderlich went 2-for-3 with two runs.

The Cougars won the second game in thrilling fashion, rallying from 6-0 down to win 8-7. Correra drove in the game-winning run in the sixth inning with a double that scored Herrera.

Lockhart came on in the sixth inning and pitched two perfect innings to get the win. Alicia Paiz started but gave up seven runs on nine hits through five innings.

Lockhart also went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Shay Romero wound up 2-for-3 with two runs.

Canyons is now 29-2-1 overall, and it owns season series victories over both Bakersfield and Glendale. This week, it hosts a doubleheader against Santa Monica starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday before hosting second-place Citrus at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Men’s golf

Led by Kyle Saure’s round of 74, COC won the fifth WSC match at Saticoy Country Club in Ventura on Monday.
Tyler Schwanz shot a 75 for the Cougars, while Derek Larson and Kyle McNulty both carded 76s. Riley Hayfield shot a 77.

Saure was one shot back of the medalist, Allan Hancock’s Austin Kaiser.

COC’s score of 378 points was four strokes better than second-place Glendale, while Ventura finished third, followed by Citrus, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield and Hancock.

With the win, the COC men are now 28-2 in conference, and the next WSC match will take place today at San Dimas Country Club.

Track and field

At this weekend’s Stanford Invitational, Low ran a personal-best time in the 800-meter race of 1 minute, 49.44 seconds.

He won his heat and recorded the seventh-fastest time on the day overall.

It marks the first time Low had gone under 1:50 in the race, and he’s closer to breaking the Santa Clarita Valley record of 1:49.06, which was set by Hart High graduate Chuck Kirkby in 1955 when he ran for Mt. San Antonio College.

Low and the rest of his teammates will not gear up for Saturday’s Mt. San Antonio College Invitational.

At the spring tournament in Santa Maria, the Cougars lost to Merced 4-3 on Tuesday and Cypress 13-2 on Wednesday before rebounding to beat Cerritos 6-4 on Thursday.

This week, the Cougars return home to host Pierce College at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to face Pierce at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Citrus at 1 p.m. Saturday.



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