Costa Mesa, CA - The Golden Eagles women's softball team was looking to get back in the win column this afternoon as they traveled to Vanguard University. The afternoon doubleheader was a rescheduling of the January 25 games that were rained out.
Only one of the two games was officially concluded, since both coaches agreed that if games were cut short they would be completed at a later time.
Vanguard was able to secure a victory in the first game, 9-1, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. But Game 2 was suspended after six innings of play due to a lack of remaining daylight. The game will be concluded on April 5 when Vanguard visits La Sierra University.
Vanguard scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 2nd inning. They would hang on to the slim lead until the Golden Eagles pushed the tying run across in the top of the 4th, when Monique Villasenor also scored on a wild pitch. Villasenor initially reached base with a lead-off walk and advanced to third on a single by Jennifer Duenas, before scoring La Sierra's lone run.
Starting pitcher Joselyn Salazar (0-3) had been cruising along until the 5th inning when Vanguard scored eight runs on five hits to end the game.
The Golden Eagles had four hits. Duenas was 2-for-2 in the game, while Salazar and shortstop Michell Zimprich had the other two hits.
In Game 2, it was Vanguard again who took the early lead by scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning and another run in the 3rd. The Lions held the two run lead until the 5th when the Golden Eagles cut the lead in half.
Pitcher Aleena Bahling led the inning off with a walk. Briana Manzanero pinch ran for Bahling and subsequently scored on a double by Violet McGowen.
Vanguard answered by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to take a 4-1 lead.
But La Sierra was not about to go quietly. With two outs in the top of the 6th inning, Duenas lined a double down the left field line. Ali Rios followed with a single to left field, advancing Duenas to third base. Bahling then followed with a double to right-center field, scoring both runs. After McGowen reached base after being hit by a pitch, Bahling and McGowen advanced a base on a passed ball and scored on a single by Zimprich.
The Lions were held scoreless in the bottom of the inning before the game was suspended, prior to the start of the final inning of play.
The game will resume and played to its conclusion on April 5, when Vanguard is scheduled to visit La Sierra University as part of an afternoon doubleheader.
The Golden Eagles are currently 1-8. Next up for La Sierra will be a Friday afternoon doubleheader at Concordia University.