May 16, 2013 10:14 PM by Andrew Masuda
Behind a dominant performance from Courtney Cuzick and a late offensive outburst, the Nipomo High softball team blanked Immaculate Heart 3-0 in the first round of the CIF Division 5 playoff game on Thursday.
The Titans, who are seeded 4th this season after advancing to the semifinals last year, improved to 19-4.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Marisa Rodriguez singled and stole second bsae to lead off the frame. Ashley Ruiz cracked a double to score Rodriguez with the first run of the game. Gianna Abatti singled her home to make it 2-0. Abatti later scored on a RBI single from Candace Fryckman to cap a 3 run inning.
Cuzick, who's headed to Penn, struck out 11 and allowed just 3 hits.
The Titans collected 7 hits in the game. Ruiz led the way with 2 hits, including a RBI double. Five others had one hit each.
Nipomo advances to next Tuesday's second round.
Also on Thursday, Morro Bay won for the second-straight game on the road. The PIrates beat Savanna 5-1 to advance into the second round. The Pirates improved to 12-15 and ended Savanna's record with a 17-9 record.
Orcutt Academy beat Campbell Hall 5-2 on the road in Division 7 play. The 20-4 Spartans won a playoff game for the second time in this week and in school history to move on to the second round.
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