La Verne’s Padilla hits two grand-slam homers

Lynsey Padilla capped off her final home appearance at Wheeler Park with not one but two grand slams in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over Cal Lutheran Friday as the Leopards earned mercy-rule wins over the Regals by scores of 8-0 and 10-2.

Padilla, one of five seniors honored prior to the opening contest, erased a 2-0 Cal Lutheran lead in the bottom of the third with a bases-loaded homer off pitcher Lizzy Chacon over the centerfield wall to give the Leopards a 4-2 advantage. She repeated the feat in the bottom of the fifth with her second grand slam over the leftfield wall to propel the Leos to an 8-2 advantage.

The two homers briefly tied Padilla for the team lead in homers this season with her fifth and sixth round-trippers of the year, but senior Melissa Carlson closed out the contest with a walk-off blast in the bottom of the sixth to end the game 10-2. The homer allowed Carlson to re-claim the team lead in home runs with seven.

All told, Carlson went a combined 6-7 at the plate in the two games with 6 runs scored.

La Verne improves to 26-12 and 15-7 in conference play heading into its final regular season doubleheader tomorrow at Occidental.

Sabrina Garcia allowed two runs on four hits to earn the win on the mound for the Leopards and improve to 7-1.