The Knights tied it in the bottom of the fifth, but Southwestern scored four run in the top of the seventh and defeated SDCC, 9-5. Crystal Hernandez went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The Knights managed only one run in a 10-1 loss to Palomar a day earlier, but scored in every inning on Saturday to get back in the win column with a 10-7 home victory over Cuesta. Jazmine Hamme went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, while Amanda Muller (8-5) earned her eighth win of the season after allowing one earned run on nine hits with three strikeouts.
SDCC scored 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings combined to come from behind and run-rule the Grossmont Grifins, 10-2, in the Knights' conference home opener. Jazmine Hamme went 2-for-3 with a home run in the fourth inning that sparked the Knights comeback. Amanda Muller (8-4) earned her eighth win in the circle.
The Knights opened the 18th Annual SDCC Tournament, held at Miramar's Hourglass Fields with a tie vs. Mt. San Jacinto and a loss to Napa Valley in pool play on Friday, but recovered with wins over Ventura and Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday that put them in the championship game of the Cardinal bracket. Unfortunately, the Knights lost to Rio Hondo, 6-2, in the final.
Paige Nicolet pitched a complete game shutout in the Knights' 7-0 home win over Chaffey (26-8-2) on Saturday afternoon. Nicolet allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out seven in the victory.
The Knights used a 6-run fourth inning to end a scoreless tie and went on to win, 8-0, in five innings over visiting Imperial Valley on Tuesday afternoon.
The Knights avenged a 2-1 loss earlier this month at Grossmont by defeating the Griffins, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon. The Knights' Paige Nicolet earned the complete game victory by pitching all seven innings and giving up eight hits, two walks and no earned runs while striking out three.
Paige Nicolet pitched a complete game and extended her hitting streak to eight games by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and 3 runs in the Knights 10-2 victory over Imperial Valley on Wednesday afternoon.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nicole Clites had a deep hit over the right fielder's head that scored Lisa Pena for the Knights' 10th run. Since it gave them an 8-run lead, the mercy rule went into effect and the game ended.
The Knights advanced to the championship game of the Cardinal Bracket at the 17th Annual SDCC Softball Tournament, but fell to College of the Desert, 5-2.
The 17th Annual SDCC Softball Tournament will be held at Miramar's Hourglass Fields on February 17-18.
Fifteen team will participate in this year's tournament. Pool play will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. The Knights will open with Santa Barbara and then will face Napa Valley at 2 p.m.
After pool play, the teams will go into a single elimination tournament on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
Pool Play Matchups
Saturday's Single Elimination Bracket