Junior Conner Larkin surpassed the Chapman record for career triples, hitting his 12th triple during the Panthers’ victory against Caltech on Saturday. This isn’t the first record Larkin has broken either. Last season, the outfielder from San Diego, Calif. hit nine triples during the season.
Senior Grace Schade led the Panthers to a big 10-4 win over Occidental with four goals and two assists. With the win, the Panthers improved to 3-1 and are in third place in the SCIAC. Over two matches last week, Schade scored five goals, distributed four assists, had three steals and earned five ejections.
Sophomore Samantha Whalen had a dominant performance in the circle against No. 19 Williams to earn Chapman Athlete of the Week honors. Whalen pitched in both games of Chapman’s doubleheader sweep of the nationally-ranked Ephs, closing out game one and going the distance in game two.
Freshman Kevin Gregersen made the most of his opportunity with a school record of eight RBIs in just his second career start. In the Panthers 23-1 rout of Ithaca on Wednesday, the freshman catcher was 4-for-4 with a homer and eight RBIs in the first four innings.
Senior Tara Sonnemaker was a force in the net last week in leading the women’s lacrosse team to a pair of wins. Sonnemaker made 16 saves in two matches last week while posting a 7.00 goals against average.
Mitchell Bouldin jumped for a new personal-best in the long jump this weekend at the first SCIAC Multi-Dual of the season. He leapt 6.97 meters (22-feet, 10.5-inches) to secure first place overall in the event and beat his previous career-best by eight inches. The senior’s jump was just four inches short of breaking the 79-year old school record in the event. Bouldin and the Panthers compete at the Ben Brown Invitational next weekend.
Junior Gavin Blodgett powered an offensive outburst last week for the Chapman baseball team as it’s win streak extended to eight games, including six in conference. Blodgett drove in 10 runs and scored seven more with three homers and two doubles in four games last week.
Of the 10 school records broken at the SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championship, freshman Molly Davis was involved in five. She broke two individual records while helping the Panthers shatter three relay records.
Freshman Vanessa Gilles went 7-for-9, hitting .778 in her opening weekend as a Panther. The rookie scored four runs, smashed three doubles, and drove in four RBI during this four-game weekend. Gilles also smacked a home run with a 1.444 slugging percentage. Gilles walked three times for an on-base percentage of .833. The Panthers went 2-2 on the weekend, splitting games with Puget Sound and Whitworth.
Junior James Taylor led the Chapman men’s basketball team averaged 19.5 points and six rebounds over two games last week to lead the Panthers to a split of road games. The forward from Laguna Beach shot 72 percent for the week.
In a narrow loss at La Verne, Taylor scored a season-high 27 points while sinking 10 of the 11 shots he put up and 7-of-9 free throws. He also grabbed seven rebounds against the Leopards.
On Thursday night, Taylor scored 12 points, had five rebounds and three assists in the Panthers’ 66-64 victory over Redlands. Taylor leads the Panthers with 14.9 points per game this season and 6.1 rebounds per game.
James Taylor showed no signs of rust with a big first week for the Chapman men’s basketball team. He averaged 20 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists per game as the Panthers went 1-1 to start the season. Taylor put up 18 points in the Panthers blowout win over La Sierra and followed it up with a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double in a loss to San Diego Christian.
Senior Kristin Kleinow did not allow a goal last week as the women’s soccer team posted back-to-back 1-0 wins and climbed into fourth place in the SCIAC. With two shutouts last week over Redlands and Cal Lutheran, Kleinow has five for the season and 12 in her career.
Sophomore Lauren Friend led the Chapman University women’s volleyball team to a pair of SCIAC victories last week. Friend dominated at the net, hitting .490 on the week while averaging over 3 kills per set.