Riverside, Calif. - The women's softball team travelled to Azusa Pacific University this afternoon, where they dropped both games of a doubleheader, 4-3 and 10-3.
After tying the game with three runs in the top half of the 6th inning, the Cougars scored the eventual winning run in the bottom half of the inning, for the 4-3 victory in Game 1.
The Cougars jumped out to the early lead with two runs in the 2nd inning and another run in the 3rd inning. They held a 3-0 lead until the 6th inning when Brittany Martinez and Lindsey Sleigh led off the inning with consecutive singles. Mercedes Gasparovic hit a one-out 2 RBI double to left field, cutting the lead to 3-2. Catcher Monique Villasenor tied the score with a sacrifice fly that scored Katie Witherby.
But the Cougars wasted no time regaining the lead, as they answered back with a run on the bottom half of the inning, which proved to be enough for the victory.
Aleena Bahling pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving three runs on nine hits. Emily Campos pitched 1 2/3 innings, picking up the loss, while giving up one run on two hits.
In Game 2, the Golden Eagles had a tough time taming the Cougars bats as they erupted for 10 runs on 13 hits.
La Sierra took control early, scoring two runs in the 1st inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Monique Villasasenor and Erika Basurto each hit an RBI single to give the Golden Eagles the lead.
The Cougars cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the 1st innings, but it was the 2nd inning that proved to be fruitful for the Cougars.
After the Golden Eagles pushed their lead back up to two (3-1) in the top half of the 2nd inning, Azusa Pacific erupted for six runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a commanding 7-3 lead. They would go on to add three more runs in the 5th inning, cruising their way to a 10-3 victory.
Emily Campos was charged with the loss, while Carly Xepoleas pitched the final six innings to pick up the victory for Azusa Pacific.
The women's softball team falls to 2-10 on the season. The Golden Eagles will return home this coming Thursday, February 20, to host Hope International University. The afternoon doubleheader will start at 2pm.