LA MIRADA, Calif. -- Biola opened today’s GSAC doubleheader with a trio of runs in the first inning and closed the day with another 3-run inning. In between, Eagle pitchers dealt Azusa Pacific a dose a reality.
Less than 24 hours after experiencing a mini offensive explosion with 13 runs in 14 innings, Azusa Pacific bats were snuffed quiet, producing just 1 run in another 14 innings of play as Biola swept the Cougars 4-1 and 4-0, in La Mirada.
Eagle pitcher Lyndsie Roberts fired 8.1 innings of 3-hit, 1-run softball between both games, and teammate Kristin Larson scatter 6 hits in more than 5 innings of shutout work to make mince meat of Cougar bats. Roberts was masterful in the opening game, retiring the first 9 Cougars of the game, 4 of them by strikeout, and other than a momentary lapse in the fourth inning, she mowed down the Cougars the entire game.
Eagle shortstop Krista Johnson provided the necessary offense for Biola, capping a 3-run first inning with in a 2-run home run off Azusa Pacific hurler Rita Kim.
Kim settled down and was lights out over the next 4 innings, allowing just 3 base runners. However, Roberts was just a tad better, and unlike Kim, was able to avert significant damage in the fourth inning when the Cougars loaded the bases with their only 2 hits of the game followed by a hit batsman. A walk to Jac Harkey pushed Natalie Barnaby home with a run, but Roberts then struck out Erika Marmolejo to end the Cougars’ only threat of the day.
Azusa Pacific out-hit Biola, 7-4, in the second game and put runners in scoring position in every inning, and yet the Cougars could never produce a clutch hit, leaving 7 runners in scoring position.
Biola took advantage of the Cougars’ ineptness at the plate to steal the victory. The Eagles scored the game’s first run without the benefit of a hit, eventually parlaying a passed ball into a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning off Cougar ace Taryn Devich. They put the game out of reach in the sixth innings with 3 consecutive singles that played a central role in producing 3 more runs and the eventual 4-run verdict.
With the sweep, Biola improves to 14-10 overall, 4-4 in the GSAC. Azusa Pacific falls to 15-13 overall, 2-6 in the GSAC.