The No. 1 College of the Canyons softball team forces a second game on Sunday after defeating No. 4 Riverside College 8-0 in five innings.
Facing elimination for the third straight game the Cougars (42-4-1) struck early with an RBI single off the bat of freshman Kimmie Lockhart with the bases loaded. The Cougars added three more runs in the first inning on a two-run single by sophomore Amy Droege and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Caitlyn Zimmerman. COC led 4-0 after one inning. Droege was one for two with two RBIs and a run scored.
From there on the story became Lockhart’s pitching and the red hot bat of freshman Adrianna Correa.
Lockhart struckout all of her first six outs and carried a no-hitter all the way up till the fifth inning when freshman Natalie Barrios got a base hit with one out. Lockhart went all five innings allowing just one hit and struckout seven.
Riverside seemed to have learned a lesson from Southwestern when they walked Correa in the first inning to load the bases but they didn’t continue to that strategy as Correa hit two homeruns later in the game. The homeruns gave her 24 on the season and six this postseason. Riverside proceeded to walk Correa her fourth time up to load the bases again. Correa was two for two with two runs scored, three RBIs and two walks. Cougars added their final run of the game on a wild pitch.
Freshman Jenny Wunderlich helped provide offense for the Cougars going three for four with two runs scored and an RBI.
COC will face Riverside 30 minutes following the first game at approximately 2:20 p.m. at Ray Whitten Field at College of the Canyons. Winner advances to the final four in Bakersfield May 18-20.