Glendora, CA - The Citrus College Softball team played host to Bakersfield College on Tuesday evening and sent the visiting Gades home with a pair of sweeps, both in walk-off fashion. Citrus dominated the first game, and had to fend off a feisty Bakersfield squad in game two but was able to end it in the sixth.
It took a few innings for the Citrus offense to get rolling in the first game, but once it did, it looked near unstoppable. The Owls were held scoreless through the first and second innings, but exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the third to take a stranglehold of the opening contest. The first run of the game would come thanks to an error by Bakersfield, but sophomore Jade Nua made sure the next three didn't as she blasted a shot over the left field fence that brought the Owls faithful to their feet.
Sophomore Karissa Martinez would follow that up with an RBI infield single, while fellow sophomore Alyssa Rodriguez drove in a run via a bases loaded walk. Freshman Seanna Jimenez had the Owls' last laugh of the inning when she belted a two-RBI single to left-center to make it 8-0.
In the top of the fourth, Bakersfield would take advantage of a Citrus error to get one run back, but Nua put the lid on the first game in the bottom of the fifth with another three run blast, this one to dead center field that made it 11-1 and ended things two innings early.
Freshman Danielle Dominguez would be stellar in the circle in game number one, giving up just one hit, one walk, and one unearned run in her five innings of work. At the plate it was Nua who did the most damage with a 2 for 2 performance, drawing two walks, hitting two home runs, scoring two runs, and driving in six RBIs.
In the second game, Bakersfield came out and landed the first punch scoring a pair of unearned runs on solid hits in the top of the first. The Owls rallied with three in the bottom half of the inning though, using an RBI single back up the middle of the field by freshman Valerie Ortiz and a two-RBI single to the same spot by freshman Jacquelyn Preciado to go on top 3-2.
Bakersfield would tie the game up in the top of the second, but in the bottom of the second freshman Mia Escobar doubled down the left field line plating freshman Vanessa Garcia, and three at bats later, Nua did it again, this time with the bases loaded launching a moon shot to left to make it 8-3.
The Renegades kept plugging away and would rally with four scores in the top of the third to pull back within one run at 7-8. Citrus had another answer in the bottom of the third, when Jimenez hit an RBI single through the left side of the field, and the Owls got another home run, from none other than Nua, who lifted a three-run blast, this one over the right field fence, and driving in three more scores for a 12-7 lead.
Bakersfield would manage one more run in the top of the fourth inning, but Citrus put the game away over the next three innings, getting an RBI single from Jimenez in the fourth, an RBI single from freshman Jocelyn Alvarado in the fifth, and RBIs from Ortiz and Preciado in the sixth to end the game an inning early 16-8.
Dominguez (7-1) would once again get the win, pitching the final three innings, giving up just two hits, one unearned run, no walks, all the while striking out a pair of batters. Nua of course finished 2 for 2 again with three runs, seven RBIs, and two more walks. Escobar was 3 for 4 with three runs in the second game, while Jimenez was 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs, and Preciado 3 for 3 with a run and three RBIs.
With the two wins, Citrus improves to 7-3 on the season. The Owls will be back home on Friday when they play host to East Los Angeles College at 12:00 PM.