Riverside, Calif. - The Golden Eagles softball team swept today's doubleheader, 6-4 and 6-2, against the University of Antelope Valley.
La Sierra used a 4-run fifth inning to come from behind and secure the victory in Game 1.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Pioneers scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead. The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 4-2 with a run in the bottom half of the inning, before erupting for four runs on three hits in the fifth.
Mercedes Gasparovic led the team with two RBI's, going 2-for-2, in Game 1. Katie Witherby and Erika Basurto each collected two hits in the game, while Karly Rott and Monique Villasenor each tallied a hit and an RBI, in the 6-4 win.
Jackie Zacarias entered the game in relief, holding the Pioneers scoreless for the final 3 2/3 innings, giving up no runs and no hits, to pick up the victory.
In Game 2, the Golden Eagles wasted no time taking control of the game, as they struck for five first inning runs.
Villasenor connected for a 3-run homerun, her fifth of the season, as the Golden Eagles added runs on the front and back end of the big hit, for the early 5-0 lead.
The Pioneers cut the lead to 5-2 with two runs in the top half of the third inning, but that would be as close as they would get.
The Golden Eagles would add an insurance run in the sixth inning, but they wouldn't need it.
Emily Campos pitched a strong game, going a complete seven innings, while giving up two runs on six hits, with four strikeouts and two base-on-balls.
The Golden Eagles spread the offense around, with six different players accounting for all six of La Sierra's hits.
The two wins push the Golden Eagles record to 12-26 on the season. They will close out the regular season with a 3-game series at home against Menlo College in their final Cal Pac match-up of the season. The series begins on Friday, April 25 (1pm/3pm) with a doubleheader, followed by a single game on Sunday, April 27 (11am).