De Dow couldn't have gotten much closer to perfection Friday.
With two out in the seventh inning, Valley College's Julie Knoop beat out an infield single, spoiling Dow's bid for her first perfect game of the season. Dow (23-7), who has pitched two no-hitters this year, pitched two perfect games last season.
Despite the hit, there was no further damage, however, and Moorpark cruised to an easy 7-0 Western State Conference softball win in its last home game of the season.
The victory boosted the Lady Raiders' home win streak against conference opponents to 41 games and ensured them of at least a share of the conference title. In addition, Moorpark (31-10, 12-1) broke the previous school record for wins in a season.
Rusty Stevens hit a two-run home run, walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored three times. Mary Cress had three hits, drove in a run and scored twice.
Kelly Kauffman and Rosa Jimenez each added a run batted in.
In another WSC softball game:
College of the Canyons 10, Cuesta 1--Freshman right-hander Michelle Ruffner pitched a two-hitter, and Jill Greenwood and Michele Wood each hit two-run triples for the Lady Cougars at Canyons. Debbie Rendall had three hits and one RBI for Canyons, which has won four in a row.
Ruffner walked one and improved to 25-13. With one game remaining, second-place Canyons (25-14, 11-2) trails Moorpark by a game.
With the score tied, 1-1, Canyons scored eight times in the fourth on triples by Greenwood and Wood.
Cal Baptist 9, The Master's 2--Mustang starter John March allowed six runs in four innings and took the loss in the NAIA District 3 game at Cal Baptist.
March also gave up three home runs before Ray Cartagena relieved him in the fifth. Darren Beck tripled and doubled for Master's.