Temperatures in the low 80s with cloudy skies greeted Biola’s softball for their doubleheader against the William Jessup University Warriors on March 10 at Freedom Field. The Eagles split the series against their Golden State Athletic Conference opponents, losing the first game 7-1 then taking the second 1-0, improving their conference record to 4-4 and overall to 15-8-2.
Senior pitcher Kimmy Triolo took the mound first in game one, but after walking three of the first four batters she faced, head coach Lorie Coleman put in sophomore pitcher Kaile Chavez to replace Triolo. Unfortunately, Chavez could not get out of the hole she faced, and by the end of the first inning, the Warriors had scored seven runs.
Biola scored their one run in the bottom of the fourth inning, when junior left fielder Anjie Amezquita homered to left field. Amezquita had the only other hit of the game for the Eagles, a bunt in the bottom of the first inning, and Biola could not find their offensive groove, resulting in the 7-1 loss.
In the second game of the afternoon, Biola’s bats came alive in terms of hits. The Eagles tallied eight hits to Jessup’s four, but none of those hits translated to runs for either team. In fact, the winning run did not cross the plate due to a hit, but instead a walk.
Sophomore right fielder Areana Ramos singled on the first pitch she saw in the fifth inning to start off the scoring sequence. She was thrown out at second while junior third baseman Selina Sherlin reached base on a fielder’s choice. A pair of walks from sophomore first baseman Hailey Boyett and freshman catcher Kayla Neff loaded the bases, and sophomore designated hitter Karen Lieng took a walk to bring him Sherlin for the only run of the game.
The Eagles return to Freedom Field for the final doubleheader of their 12-game homestand on March 11, when they face the 2-6 Menlo College Oaks who are riding a three-game losing streak. The first game is scheduled to start at noon, followed by the second game at 2 p.m.