Mar 05, 2017
By John M. Sherrard
(Azusa, CA) As far as the archives go back, the Mt. SAC Softball team is off to its best start in years with an unblemished 12-0 record, good for the second-best start this season in the state.
For the sixth time this season the Mounties won by a shutout, 8-0, over cross-town rival Citrus College in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon.
The pitching duel of Racqual Espinoza and Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings combined for the six-inning, three-hitter over the Owls.
Espinoza (4-0) allowed only four base runners and struck out three batters, while Kennedy-Cummings finished up the final two innings, allowing only a walk and fanned three.
The hitting star was sophomore left fielder Aleyah Wilbon, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored.
Leading, 1-0, after the first inning, the Mounties added another run in the third inning when sophomore first baseman Toni Mendoza (2 for 4, 2 RBIs) singled in Wilbon for the 2-0 lead.
Four more runs came across in the fifth inning for a 6-0 advantage.
Toni Mendoza singled in her second RBI of the game, scoring sophomore catcher Taylor Jaurique (2 for 4, run, 2 RBIs), followed by an RBI triple from right fielder Alyssa Rasso (2 for 3, run, RBI), scoring pinch runner Sasha Allen for the 4-0 lead.
After Rasso and sophomore right fielder Bree Maikai (Run, RBI) scored the fifth and sixth runs of the fifth, Jaurique knocked in the final two runners in the sixth with a two-run double, scoring Wilbon and shortstop Kayla Sok (1-3, 2 runs, walk).
The Mounties travel to Long Beach City College on Tuesday and are back home on Thursday for their first South Coast Conference North game.
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