Irvine, Calif. - The Golden Eagles softball team split their afternoon doubleheader at Concordia University today, losing 4-0 in Game 1 and winning 5-4 in Game 2. The Golden Eagles were facing No. 1 Concordia for the second time this season. La Sierra dropped both games of a doubleheader played in early February, with the 2nd game resulting in 3-2 loss in extra innings.
With the help of some solid pitching and defense Concordia took Game 1. The Eagles scored a run in the 1st and 3rd innings, and added two more runs in the 5th inning, on their way to a 4-0 victory.
The Golden Eagles outhit Concordia, 6-5, in Game 1. Brittany Martinez and Aleena Bahling each finished with two hits in the Game 1 loss. While Katie Witherby and Monique Villasenor tallied the other two hits for La Sierra.
In Game 2, the Golden Eagles wasted no time jumping on the board, as they erupted for five runs in the top of the 1st inning.
La Sierra took full advantage of two errors in the inning, as they scored the five runs on just two hits, a walk and a couple of hit batters. But the big hit was a grand slam homerun by freshmen Karly Rott, who sent drove the ball down the left field line for a 5-0 lead.
The five runs would prove to be enough as the Golden Eagles were able to withstand a rally in the late innings by Concordia, to hang on for the 5-4 victory. Concordia scored single runs in each of the last four innings, but were unable to overcome the 5-run deficit and their three errors.
Concordia lost for only the second time this season. Their only other loss came in their second game of the season to Southern Oregon University. This is the first victory for the Golden Eagles over a ranked opponent, the defending NAIA national champions and preseason No. 1 ranked team.
With the split, La Sierra pushes their record to 5-14 on the season. They will be out of action for the next couple of weeks to prepare for final exams. The Golden Eagles will return to the field on Friday, March 21, when they travel to Hope International University for their next contest.