No. 13 College of the Canyons posted a pair of dominant shutout wins on Wednesday, blanking San Diego Mesa College 8-0 in both contests of a doubleheader to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Canyons made short work of the Olympians in both games, requiring just five innings to get the win both times out. COC tallied 24 hits on the day, compared to just four from the Mesa lineup.
In the opener, freshman third baseman Alexis Avila made her mark with six RBIs on a 3-for-3 batting performance. Avila finished just a single short of the cycle after recording a two-run triple in the second inning, a two-run home run in the fourth and a two-run double in the fifth.
COC freshman Micayla Aguilar produced the only other runs with a two-run home run in the third inning.
Freshman Heidi Ludy was also a perfect 3-for-3 in the game, and scored a pair of runs in the winning effort. Bailey Bodkin also scored two runs while going 2-for-3 at the plate.
COC sophomore pitcher Sarah Wilson (2-0) made her first start of the season and showed no signs of rust, allowing just two hits and issuing a lone walk to go with her five strikeouts.
Head coach John Wissmath called upon sophomore Alexis Ramirez to start the second game and received nearly the same result. Ramirez (3-0) surrendered two hits and walked three batters on her way to the shutout.
At the plate, freshman shortstop Danielle Chatman carried the load with a 2-for-2 performance that netted three RBIs. In the bottom of the fifth, Chatman launched a two-run home run that gave COC a 6-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, Aguilar followed Chatman by blasting her second home run of the day. By the time Bodkin came to the plate three batters later, Canyons was leading 7-0 with runners on the corners. Bodkin’s single to center field drove home Sienna Vannoy and ended the game at 8-0.
Heidi Ludy and Melanie Abzun were both 2-for-2 on the day. Abuzn and Azmarheen Anderson scored two runs apiece.
Canyons returns to action at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, with a scheduled matchup vs. Santa Barbara City College.
— Story and photos by Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information