Benedictine-Mesa, La Sierra, and Simpson swept non-conference doubleheaders last week. BenU rolled over Dakota Wesleyan in Mesa, Ariz., while LSU scored 22 runs on the road to outpace Saint Katherine. But SU's victory was especially sweet, as the Red Hawks swept Corban--a team that had beaten them three times earlier this season. California Pacific Conference action begins this weekend when No. 6 Simpson visits Lancaster, Calif., to take on Antelope Valley.
Wednesday, March 8
MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 2-6, (RV) DOANE 4-4, at Compton, Calif.
The Lady Mariners bounced back from a tough loss in the first game to earn a split with the Tigers. The opener went back and forth until Doane plated three runs in the 5th that proved to be more than enough to top MCU. The Tigers went up 1-0 in the 3rd, but the Lady Mariners answered with a run of their own in the home half of the frame when Nicole Barrow scored on a single from Mary Gonzalez. MCU moved ahead 2-1 in the 4th on an RBI-single from Samantha Martinez that scored Lawriell Kline. Gonzalez finished the game with two hits in three trips to the plate. Game two was another tight match-up, but this time MCU benefited from a big inning. The Lady Mariners scored four times in the 2nd inning, the damage coming on five hits by five hits from Gonzales, Morgan Moczygemba, Kaylee Wallingford, Gayle Wilson and finished of with a triple from Marissa Padilla. But Doane plated two runs in the 3rd, and then made things interesting with two more in the 7th, cutting MCU's lead in half. With one out and the bases loaded, Doane's Haileigh Arther singled to right to bring in the two runs, but she was cut down trying to advance to second on a throw from MCU's Arianna Hernandez. The next Tiger batter grounded out to end the game. Katelyn Morreale had two hits in the game for the Lady Mariners, who are now 4-8 on the year.
Thursday, March 9
BENEDICTINE-MESA 17-11, DAKOTA WESLEYAN 5-6, at Mesa, Ariz.
The Redhawks tallied 28 runs on 32 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Tigers. Benu got the offense rolling in the first game, scoring five runs in the 2nd, five again in the 3rd, and six runs in the 4th to run-rule DWU. In the 2nd, the Redhawks did all of their damage with two outs, getting an RBI triple from Cierra Taylor and RBI singles from Heather O'Kelly and Danielle Perez to take a 6-1 lead. The real power came in the 4th inning when Taylor and Dayton Yingling each hit three-run home runs to push the lead to 17-2. O'Kelly was a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI and finished a home run short of the cycle, while Taylor went 3-for-3 with four RBI and finished a double short of the cycle. BenU's momentum carried over into the second game as the Redhawks plated three runs in their first at bat on a passed ball and two RBI groundouts to take a 3-0 lead. The Tigers hung around for a while, chipping away at the lead and finally took the lead in the top of the 5th inning, scoring two runs to take a 4-3 advantage. But BenU erupted once again, scoring five runs in the bottom half of the 5th to take the lead back at 8-4, getting RBI singles from Lina Barrera, Peyton Garner, and Shelby Fisher. BenU tacked on three more insurance runs in the 6th, moving them to 7-4 overall on the season. Barrera, O'Kelly, and Garner each tallied three hits, and Barrera drove in three of the runs to help BenU improve to 7-4 on the season.
Friday, March 10
LA SIERRA 15-8, SAINT KATHERINE 7-5, at Poway, Calif.
The Golden Eagles took two non-conference games from the Firebirds to improve to 11-7-1 on the season. LSU will be off for a couple of weeks before opening Cal Pac play with a doubleheader at Embry-Riddle on March 26.
Saturday, March 11
HOPE INTERNATIONAL 9-17, MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 0-3, at Compton, Calif.
In their second non-conference doubleheader of the week, the Lady Mariners dropped a pair to the Royals. HIU blanked MCU on just four hits in the opener, and the second game went only five innings as the Royals raced out to an 11-0 lead after three frames. The Lady Mariners had only two hits in the second game, but scored three times. Two scored on a Mary Gonzalez triple in the 3rd, and she came home on an HIU error. MCU is now 4-10 on the season.
TUCSON INVITATIONAL, at Tucson, Ariz.
JUDSON 10, EMBRY-RIDDLE 0: The Judson Eagles blanked the ERAU Eagles in the first of two games for ERAU, which is now 6-15 on the season.
EMBRY-RIDDLE 8, ROBERT MORRIS 3: In yet another Eagle-Eagle matchup, ERAU outscored RMU to improve to 7-15 on the season.
Sunday, March 12
NO. 6 SIMPSON 3-5, CORBAN 2-0, at Salem, Ore.
After losing three times to the Warriors this season, the Red Hawks went on the road and defeated Corban twice in a non-conference matchup. The Warriors had given SU three of its five losses this year, but the Red Hawks used to two strong pitching performances to turn the tables. In the opener, Courtney Dunn recorded her third win of the season, giving up only two runs on three hits. SU scored both of its runs in the 5th off of errors that ultimately gave them the victory. Madison Wright went 2-for-4 to lead the offense. In the second game of the day, the Red Hawks completed the sweep with a complete game shutout from Hailee Nichols, who tallied her fifth win of the season. SU scored once in the 5th off a Missy Silveria single and added four insurance runs in the top of the 7th, combining four hits and three Corban errors. Jaycie Bruno and Amanda Laughlin each single in a run in the rally, but the big blow was a two-run double off the bat of Wright. Wright and Bruno paced the offense with two hits apiece. SU is now 13-5 this season.