La Sierra NEWS
Sun, Mar. 10, 2013 - [Softball]

Riverside, CA - The Golden Eagles were one out away from securing their third win of the season until Venessa Mendez found the gap in left-centerfield, driving in all three base-runners and tying the game at 6-6.

The game would eventually go into extra innings, with the Tigers threatening first.  The Tigers had runners on second and third with no outs, but Joselyn Salazar, who relieved starting pitcher Aleena Bahling in the top of the inning, struck out the next two batters and got Laura Erickson to pop-out for the final out of the half inning.


La Sierra was also held scoreless in the bottom of the inning, sending the game into ninth inning. 


Dakota Wesleyan struck first, scoring a run in the top of the inning.  Diamond Turner started the half inning of by hitting a sacrifice bunt and advancing Ashlee Gutierrez, the automatic runner, over to third base.  Jennifer Duenas followed by laying down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored Gutierrez for the tying run.  Duenas made a break for second base, when the throw to second sailed into an empty center field, allowing Duenas to come around and score the winning run in an 8-7 victory.


Freshmen Taylor Griego finished the game 2 for 2 with one RBI.  Vanessa McGowen led the team with two RBI's, going 2 for 4 in the game.  Monique Villasenor hit a solo shot over the left field fence, in the fourth inning, for her lone hit of the game.


In two innings of relief, Joselyn Salazar picked up her first win of the season while Jill Dickson took the loss, pitching 8 1/3 innings.


Salazar was ready for the quick turnaround as she was handed the ball to start Game 2.  She pitched a complete game to pick up her second win in the season, giving up just two runs on three hits.


The Golden Eagles got on the board first with two runs in the first inning on a double by McGowen that scored Turner and Villasenor for the early 2-0 lead.


The Tigers tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the second inning and another run in the fifth inning.


But La Sierra would not be denied their first sweep of the season as they answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Once again, it was McGowen who provided the big hit with a two RBI double that scored Duenas and Halley Nicholas who entered the game as a pinch-runner. 


The Golden Eagles shut down a Tigers rally in the seventh, going on to win by a final of 5-2.


McGowen led the team with three RBI's, going 2 for 3 in Game 2.  Salazar also helped her cause going 2 for 3 while picking up an RBI of her own.


The Golden Eagles push their record to 4-17 on the season.  They will be off until next Sunday, when they host No. 5 Concordia University (Irvine).