Softball: Eagles drop winning streak

Eagles suffer losses to top teams Vanguard and Concordia.

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Senior catcher Celina Thornton slides in an effort to get on base to set up a chance to score against the Vanguard Lions on Saturday afternoon. Although the Eagles defeated the Lions in the first game 3-2, they were not able to produce similar results in the second game and fell 2-0. | Aaron Fooks/THE CHIMES

Laurie Bullock, Writer

Senior catcher Celina Thornton slides in an effort to get on base to set up a chance to score against the Vanguard Lions on Saturday afternoon. Although the Eagles defeated the Lions in the first game 3-2, they were not able to produce similar results in the second game and fell 2-0. | Aaron Fooks/THE CHIMES

 

Biola softball has hit a small rough patch in their season with three-straight losses. The Eagles were able to produce a win in their first game against Vanguard University but dropped to the Lions in the second game this weekend. Despite the losses, the Eagles are still doing well in their overall season with a record of 22-6 and 5-3 in conference.

Vanguard

The Eagles immediately snatched the lead in the first inning, as sophomore third baseman Heather Hall doubled to bring home fellow sophomore junior baseman Ashley Spadt and senior catcher Celina Thornton to put the lead over the Lions 2-0. Hall pushed Biola’s lead to three with a run of her own in the sixth inning.

Vanguard was able to put up two runs in the top of the seventh to make a go at Biola’s lead. Shortstop Haley Croce doubled to right center to subtract Biola’s lead to only one, 3-2. However junior pitcher Reba DePreist stuck out right fielder Gabrielle Jackson to halt Vanguard’s last chance of taking the game.

The Eagles were not able to produce similar results in the second game. The only runs of the game happened in the fourth inning. On a wild pitch, Vanguard’s right fielder Lauryn Cooper and third baseman Shelby Kuryllo scored to take the lead 2-0.

Although Biola had a lot of opportunities, they were not able to successfully complete a run. Vanguard took the second game to split the series.

Concordia

On Tuesday, Biola went head to head with No. 1 Concordia University. Concordia put up a quick run in the first inning off of a fielder’s choice. In the sixth inning Concordia advanced their lead with a two-run home run from first baseman Annette Merjano to put the game at 3-0.

Biola worked to turn things around in the second game. Thornton took advantage of Spadt’s single to get Biola’s first run of the game in the first inning.

Merjano hit a three-run homer to surge ahead of Biola in the bottom of the first. Concordia got one more run on the Eagles in the fifth inning on a wild pitch to put the score at 4-1.

Biola tried to make up the deficit in the sixth inning with a run from Thornton. However the Eagles could not make up the difference and lost the game 4-2.

The Eagles will host a doubleheader against Hope International University on March 20 with the first game starting at 2 p.m.

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