Prescott, Ariz. - The Golden Eagles travelled to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University this past weekend, where they took 2-of-3 from the Eagles (11-3, 11-13, and 13-10). After dropping the first three games to open Cal Pac play, La Sierra rebounded nicely with two wins over ERAU, narrowly missing out on a 3-game sweep.
The Golden Eagles dominated Game 1 with the help of a 6-run 3rd inning, erasing a 3-2 lead by ERAU. La Sierra added insurance runs in the 4th inning and another two runs in the 6th inning.
Erika Basurto led the way going 3-for-4 in the game, with two RBI's. Mercedes Gasparovic who had two RBI's on two hits, Katie Witherby who notched two RBI's on one hit, joined Basurto. Melanie Vidaurri, Karly Rott, and Monique Villasenor each collected two hits and tallied one RBI apiece.
As a team, the Golden Eagles outhit ERAU 14-3 in the Saturday night affair, and capitalized on three errors committed by Embry-Riddle.
Aleena Bahling picked up the win, going six complete innings, giving up just three runs (two earned) on three hits.
Games 2 and 3 were played on Sunday afternoon doubleheader. The first game of the doubleheader was the lone loss of the weekend for La Sierra.
After La Sierra took an early 7-1 lead through the first 2 ½ innings of play, ERAU answered back in a big way by scoring four runs in each of the 3rd and 4th innings, to take a 9-7 lead.
They held the lead until the final inning when it looked as though the Golden Eagles were going to fight their way back to steal in the victory in the late innings. After scoring a run in the 6th inning, La Sierra added two more in the top half of the seventh inning to take a 10-9 lead.
Unfortunately, for the Golden Eagles the lead proved to be short-lived as ERAU scored a run in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score at 10-10 and sending the game into extra innings.
In the extra frame, La Sierra took the lead once again, 11-10, with a run in the top half of the 8th inning, but ERAU secured the victory, 13-11, with a walk-off homerun in the bottom half of the inning.
The two teams combined for a total of 29 hits in the game (La Sierra-13, ERAU-16).
Villasenor led the team offensively with 4 RBI's, going 3-for-5 in the game, including two doubles. Brittani Gutierrez also finished 3-for-5 in the game and tallied 2 RBI's.
Emily Campos gave up four runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work and was charged with the loss for the Golden Eagles.
In the third and final match-up between the two teams, they both picked up right where they left off. Through the first three innings, La Sierra jumped out to the early 6-2 lead. With each team scoring a run in the 4th inning, the Golden Eagles maintained their 4-run cushion, until the bottom half of the 5th inning, when ERAU took their first lead of the game by scoring five runs and taking an 8-7 lead.
But the Golden Eagles were not about to let another game slip away, as they answered back in a big way by scoring three runs in each of the 6th and 7th innings, regaining the lead at 13-8.
Embry-Riddle's attempted comeback fell short this time around. They were able to muster two runs in the bottom half of the 7th inning, before fall to the Golden Eagles by a final of 13-10.
Embry-Riddle outhit the Golden Eagles 18-16 in the loss, but the Golden Eagles played a flawless defensive game with no errors to ERAU's one error.
Vidaurri had a monstrous game at the plate, going 4-for-5, with five RBI's. Witherby also finished with four hits and tallied two 2 RBI's in the game. Villasenor collected 3 RBI's, including a homerun.
Emily Campos pitched 4 2/3 innings to pick up the victory for La Sierra.
The two wins push the Golden Eagles record to 7-22 on the season (2-4 in Cal Pac play). They will return to action this week, when they return home to host William Jessup University for a 3-game set, starting with a single game on Thursday afternoon (3pm), followed by a Friday doubleheader (1pm/3pm).
Note: We apologize for the tardiness of this recap. Unfortunately, statistics were not made available to us until recently. Sorry for any inconvenience.