College of the Canyons swept its home doubleheader vs. Los Angeles Mission College on Tuesday, with the Cougars celebrating ‘Sophomore Day’ in style by way of an 8-7 victory in the opener and a 4-1 advantage to close things out in the final regular season home games of the year.
In game one, COC survived a late inning rally by the Eagles who made things interesting with six runs in the top of the seventh. COC sophomore Alexis Ramirez was eventually called in to record the final out in preserving the victory for starter Katie Taix.
Taix (5-1) lasted four and 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out six while allowing one earned run.
The Eagles did most of their damage against Sarah Wilson who looked strong before being removed towards the end of the L.A. Mission rally.
The Cougars opened up a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Azmarheen Anderson and Micayla Aguilar both recorded RBI singles.
Anderson also knocked in two more runs with an RBI triple in the fourth inning. She finished the game 3-for-3 with a run and three RBIs.
Sienna Vannoy later plated two runs with a sixth inning double to deep center field.
Canyons trailed 1-0 in the early goings of game two before scoring a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
This time it was Ramirez (11-5) who pitched the full seven innings to get the win. The lone Eagles run came via a wild pitch in the third innings that allowed the LAMC runner to advance from third. Ramirez finished the game with five strikeouts and walked two batters.
In the home half of the fourth, Bailey Bodkin tripled to deep center field to score Vannoy. Alexis Avila then brought Bodkin home with a sac fly that gave COC a 2-1 lead.
In the next inning Aguilar knocked in another run with an RBI double, and later came around to score on an RBI single by Heidi Ludy that made it 4-1.
Canyons (26-9-1, 12-5) is currently second in the Western State Conference (WSC), East Division with one conference contest remaining on the schedule. The Cougars are ranked No. 10 in Southern California according to the most recent statewide coaches poll.