San Marcos, CA - After splitting the first two games at the Cougar Clash Tournament this weekend, the Golden Eagles lost the final two games. La Sierra dropped Game 1 to Arizona Christian, 7-4, and lost their second game to the host school Cal State San Marcos, 8-2.
La Sierra jumped out to the early lead in the first game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Monique Villasenor and Pamela Gomez each had RBI doubles in the inning to score two of the three runs. Diamond Turner scored the other run on an error.
The Golden Eagles had a 4-2 lead through the fourth inning, but that is when Arizona Christian's bats woke up. The Firestorm scored three runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning to snatch the 7-4 victory over La Sierra.
Gomez finished the game going 3 for 3 with one RBI. Turner went 3 for 4, while outfielder Ashlee Gutierrez was 2 for 3 and scored two of the team's four runs.
Starting pitcher Aleena Bahling took the loss, after pitching 5 1/3 inings and giving up seven runs on 14 hits.
Game 2 matched the Golden Eagles up against Cal State San Marcos, the host school and No. 1 ranked team in the nation. La Sierra dropped both games of a doubleheader at San Marcos back on February 10.
The Golden Eagles scored their two runs right out of the gate on RBI singles by catcher Jennifer Duenas and starting pitcher Ali Rios.
The Cougars scored all eight of their runs in the first three innings of the game. San Marcos scored the eight runs on seven hits while collecting eight walks along the way.
The Golden Eagles were held to just four hits in the game, with all four hits coming in the first inning.
Cortney Allen (14-1) picks up the win for the Cougars. Rios, in her first start this season, is charged with the loss.
La Sierra (2-15, 0-3) will return home on Thursday afternoon to host William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA). The Warriors play in the California Pacific Conference and are currently 13-7 on the season. The first game of Thursday's doubleheader will begin at 1pm.
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