SAN DIEGO, Calif. –- The NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Point Loma Nazarene chipped away at a huge deficit and then used a big inning to springboard to a GSAC sweep of Azusa Pacific, Thursday afternoon at Sunset Cliffs, beating the Cougars 10-5 and 6-0.
The Sea Lions parlayed 7 sixth-inning singles into 6 runs to complete a rally from a 5-0 hole in the first game. Three of the safeties didn’t leave the infield, but they were strategically located to keep Sea Lions on the base and the pressure on Azusa Pacific pitchers Erin Halma and Camille Hundley. Melissa Gomez’ second hit of the game, a single to right field, scored Smantha Hall and Paige Powell to give Point Loma its first lead of the day at 6-5.
Azusa Pacific rolled out to 5-0 lead in the first inning. Tierney Burk’s 1-out double down the rightfield line scored Bre Anderson and Jessi Besseghini to highlight the outburst.
However, Point Loma tallied single runs in each of the first 4 innings to get back into the game at 5-4 before exploding in the bottom of the sixth. The Sea Lions tagged Cougar pitching for 16 hits with 6 different players notching at least 2 hits.
In the second game, Point Loma scored a trio of runs in the third and fifth innings, taking advantage of 3 Cougar errors to account for 4 of their 6 runs. That was more than enough for PLNU pitcher K.C. Robertson who struck out 5 and limited the Cougars to just 5 hits while picking up her fifth shutout of the season.
Windy conditions along the oceanfront field hampered the 2 teams which combined for a whopping 15 errors, including 11 in the first game.
With the double setback, Azusa Pacific falls to 13-19 overall, 3-13 in the GSAC.