Softball crushes Holy Names

Biola defeated the Hawks twice, advancing the Eagles’ PacWest placement.


Courtesy of Biola Athletics

Redshirt junior pitcher and outfielder Raylene Roybal winds up for the pitch.

Chloe Simmons, Freelance Writer

The Eagles defeated Holy Names twice on Saturday, winning their first game 4-1 and the second 4-3 on Freedom Field. The Eagles’ win against the Hawks improves their overall PacWest Conference rank, placing their record at 13-9. 


Game one began with junior right-handed pitcher Raylene Roybal’s two hit inning in the first. Roybal continued to pitch for the second and third inning, snagging three strikeouts against the Hawks. The Eagles continued their charge against the Hawks by scoring multiple runs in the first inning. Redshirt junior infielder Rilee Ruvalcaba earned the first run of the game with a double to right field, pushing the score to  2-0. Ruvalcaba and junior first/third baseman Kaitlyn Hawkins both scored two more runs, bringing the final score 4-0 for game one. 


The second game of the day also brought home a 4-3 win. Even though the score was much closer, the Eagles emerged victorious through strong team effort. The Eagles scored a series of runs that placed them ahead in the first inning 4-0. Junior first baseman Abby Nowak hit a riveting two-run homer, placing Biola in the lead during the first inning. Freshman Colby McClinton and junior Allie Beck both boosted the score for the Eagles in the second inning, ultimately setting the tone for the remainder of the game. 


The Eagles will take Sunday off and try to continue their streak on Monday, April 17 against Academy of Art at 2 p.m. on Freedom Field. 

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