Freshman Hayley Schultz (pictured) led the CMS Athenas to three victories over the weekend including her first "No-No," no hits – no runs, against Whittier College. The first year pitcher was one walk away from the incomparable Perfect Game (not allowing a single batter to reach first base).
Though happy with the No-No, Schultz knew she had missed a rare opportunity to achieve softball pitching's highest mark. The determined Los Angeles native will undoubtedly remember the outing and strengthen her commitment to excellence and her stingy nature from the rubber.
The weekend began with a double-header sweep of SCIAC rival University of La Verne, 9-5 and 9-4. CMS came from behind in both games before putting up 18 runs on 17 hits. Seniors Emily Lopez, Rebecca King and Michelle Brody provided a tsunami offensively combining for a Game 1 line of 4 for 7, with 5 runs scored, and 6 RBIs. Just hitting their stride, the seasoned trio went 3 for 6, with 4 runs scored, and 4 RBIs in Game 2.
Sophomore transfer Megan Latta continued to step up, coming through at 2 for 6, with 1 run scored and 3 RBIs on the day. The Pasadena native's impact has been immediate and significant as she is currently batting .364 overall, .370 in SCIAC play.
In the second day of action, the Athenas dropped a crucial conference game to Whittier as their bats went quiet and they were shut out for only the second time this season, 2-0. Temporary set-backs aside, the team bounced back in full force pounding the Poets 14-0 in a five inning run-rule victory behind the no-no efforts of Schultz on defense and 12 hits spread among 8 players on offense. Senior Rebecca King led the charge going 3 for 4, with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs in the game. Emily Nordhoff sealed the victory with her first collegiate grand slam in the top of the fifth as her blast to left put four quick and decisive runs on the board.
The weekend's wins kept the Athenas in second place in SCIAC play. With six games remaining, the 2012 title is still up for grabs and the squad is excited to tackle the final stretch of competition. Seven seniors will be playing their final regular season games in the next two weeks and their focus and tenacity should be thrilling to watch.
The Athenas are back in action Friday, April 13 at home against Chapman University at 2 pm. On Saturday, they head to Thousand Oaks for more SCIAC action taking on Cal Lutheran at noon.