Riverside, Calif. - After winning the opening game of a 3-game series yesterday, Golden Eagles softball team made it two straight against William Jessup University, by winning the first game of today's doubleheader 4-2. The Warriors avoided the sweep by taking the final game of the series 8-2.
In what started as a duel of pitching and defense, the Golden Eagles took advantage of some defensive miscues by the Warriors and scored three runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning, that proved to be enough for the victory in Game 1.
Emily Campos pitched a stellar game, going 6 2/3 innings while giving up two runs on six hits, with five strikeouts and only one base-on-balls. Campos didn't surrender her two runs until the final Warriors at-bat when they were finally able to string four hits together to score their two runs.
Pitcher Jackie Zacarias entered the game to get the final out and secure the 4-2 victory for the Golden Eagles.
In the win, La Sierra once again tallied double-digits in hits with 11 total hits. Katie Witherby (2-for-4), Melanie Vidaurri (2-for-2), and Lindsay Sleigh (2-for-2) each finished with two hits in the game to lead the team.
After Brittany Martinez's RBI infield single scored the first run of the game, Erika Basurto's subsequent two-run double, virtually broke the game open and gave the Golden Eagles a commanding 3-0 lead.
La Sierra added an insurance run in the sixth inning, when Lindsay Sleigh led off with a double down the left field line and later scored on an RBI infield single by Witherby.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Golden Eagles were able to grab the early lead, but gave subsequently gave up eight unanswered runs, including a 5-run third inning.
After a scoreless first inning, the Golden Eagles manufactured a couple of runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. But that would prove to be all the scoring the Golden Eagles would enjoy.
William Jessup followed with five runs in the top half of the third inning to take a 5-2 lead. They added two more runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth.
The Golden Eagles didn't quite help themselves out in the second game, as they were charged with a total of five errors in the game.
Karly Rott led the team with two hits in three at-bats, while Martinez picked up both RBI's for the Golden Eagles, going 1-for-2 in the game.
The Warriors' Jennifer Sizemore pitched a complete game to pick up the win in Game 2, while Jackie Zacarias was charged with the loss.
After taking two out of three from the Warriors, the women's softball teams improve their Cal Pac record to 4-5 (9-22 overall) on the season and currently sit in second place in the conference standings. They will return to action this Sunday with a non-conference match-up at the University of Antelope Valley, at 11am.