La Sierra NEWS
Fri, Jan. 31, 2014 - [Softball]

Costa Mesa, Calif. - The women's softball team split today's afternoon doubleheader at Vanguard University, winning 1-0 in the opener and falling 8-1 in the second game. 


Game 1:  La Sierra's pitching duo of Aleena Bahling and Emily Campos held the Lions scoreless through seven innings of play, to pick up their first victory of the young season.

Bahling pitched five complete innings to pick up the win, giving up five hits, with three strikeouts and only one walk.  Campos picked up the save, pitching two scoreless innings. 


The Golden Eagles were outhit by the Lions six hits to four hits, but the Golden Eagles were the only one's able to score in the game.


In the top half of the second inning, Katie Witherby started the inning with a leadoff walk and advanced to second base on a single to left field by Monique Villasenor, and later scored the only run of the game on a throwing error by the Lion's pitcher, when Lindsay Sleigh laid down a bunt.


In the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Lions hit a one-out single to centerfield with runners on a first and second, but Erika Basurto threw out the potential tying run at home, followed by a strikeout by Bahling to end the threat. 


The run proved to be enough, as the Golden Eagles were able to hold on for the victory and thwart every Vanguard attempt to tie the game. 


Game 2:  The Lions' bats woke up in the second game, as they wasted no time taking control; scoring all eight runs in the first two innings.


Vanguard capitalized on three walks and two wild pitches, as they scored five runs on three hits in the bottom half of the first inning.  


In the second inning, the Lions used a double, triple, an error and a base-on-balls to score three runs.


That would prove to be all the Lions needed, as they held La Sierra to just one run on six hits.  


Karly Rott drove in the only run of the game for the Golden Eagles in the third inning, scoring Melanie Vidaurri from second base.


Vidaurri and Witherby each finished 2-for-3 in the game, tallying four of the Golden Eagles six hits. 


Pitcher Rachel Stalford collects the win with a complete game, giving up a total of one run on six hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.  Jackie Zacarias picks up the loss for the Golden Eagles.


The Golden Eagles improve to 1-3 on the season.  The team will return home on Sunday to host No. 1 Concordia University (CA) for an afternoon doubleheader starting at 12pm.  The Eagles are the defending NAIA national champions.