Riverside, CA - After dropping two games to Vanguard University this past Friday, the Golden Eagles were looking to rebound against No. 2 Cal State San Marcos this afternoon. But the Cougars proved to be too much to overcome as they defeated La Sierra 8-0 in both contests.
In Game 1, the Cougars jumped out to the early lead and never looked back. They scored a run in the first inning, added two runs each in the third and fourth, and closed things out with three runs in the seventh inning.
The Cougars pitchers held the Golden Eagles to four hits. Starting pitcher Cortney Allen gave up one hit, while striking out seven, through five innings.
Outfielder Ali Rios had two of the four hits, while Vanessa McGowen and Michelle Zimprich combined for the other two hits in the game.
The Cougars wasted no time in the second game, as they scored all eight runs in the first three innings, including a 4-run third inning.
Once again, it was the combination of offense and dominant pitching that propelled the Cougars to victory.
Through five innings of play, the La Sierra offense was held to two hits. It was Rios and McGowen who each picked up a hit in Game 2, for the Golden Eagles.
The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 5-30 on the season. They will close their season out, on the road. They will play the first of their two remaining doubleheaders on Tuesday afternoon, at Biola University, at 1pm. The season finale will be played on Friday, at Hope International University, at 1pm.