Sophomore Rachel Alkire has parlayed one of the finest seasons in Cougar softball history into All-American status.
Azusa Pacific's season came to an end after Point Loma scored 6 runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Cougars, 7-1, in the NAIA regional playoffs.
All-GSAC Rachel Alkire called a grand slam moments before she actully slugged one that propelled Azusa Pacific to a 7-4 victory over The Master's in the NAIA regional playoffs.
Sophomore shortstop Rachel Alkire has been named the GSAC Co-Player of the Year in softball. She is 1 of 4 players from the nationally-ranked Azusa Pacific team to be named All-GSAC.
For the 13th straight year Azusa Pacific has advanced to the postseason playoffs. This year, however, the Cougars will be playing at the U.S. Olympic training site which will host next week's NAIA regional playoffs.
Rachel Alkire hit a pair of home runs, a 3-run shot in the first game and walk-off grand slam in the nightcap, to lead the NAIA's No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific to 10-0 and 6-2 victories over Notre Dame de Namur.
Before splitting the Hawaiian Islands to return to the mainland, Azusa Pacific split a doubleheader at Hawaii Pacific, using identical 5-4 scores to determine the games.
Azusa Pacific usually enjoys those tight 1-run games. Not today, though, as Hawaii-Hilo swept the visiting Cougars by the narrowest of margins.
Freshman Shawna Paxton proved why Azusa Pacific's future is so bright when she crushed a pinch-hit grand slam to lead the Cougars to a 6-3 victory over Hawaii-Hilo.
Azusa Pacific, which heads to Hawaii next week, got the sendoff it wanted -- a doubleheader sweep of California Baptist in the final GSAC games of the season.
A broom was noticably propped for motivation, but freshman Kris Franks made sure it wasn't used as she pitched and hit the Cougars to victory and a split with The Master's.
Azusa Pacific came within in 1 hit of sweeping a GSAC doubleheader from Concordia. Instead the Cougars setttled for a split.
For the second time this season, Azusa Pacific swept a GSAC softball doubleheader from Hope International, this time taking 2 from the Royals in Fullerton by counts of 3-0 and 8-1.
Azusa Pacific is seemingly running is circles as for the eighth time this season the Cougars split a GSAC doubleheader, this time sharing the victories with Biola.
Azusa Pacific picked a fine to time collect its first road sweep in the GSAC this season, taking 2 at Vanguard for the third straight year.
Azusa Pacific managed its third doubleheader split of the season when Sasha Budde's sacrifice fly lifted the Cougars to a 2-1 victory over The Master's in the second game of a GSAC twinbill.
The NAIA's No. 22-ranked Azusa Pacific used 8 doubles to sweep a doubleheader from GSAC rival Biola, 3-2 and 8-4.
Azusa Pacific rallied from 3-run deficits in the seventh and eighth innings to pick up an impressive comeback sweep of Cal State San Bernardino, 8-0 and 13-12.
Azusa Pacific evened its conference record with a GSAC sweep of Hope International, beating the Royals, 4-0 and 8-0.
Sasha Budde's first-ever home run jettisoned Azusa Pacific to a nonconference sweep over Dominican University, 6-0 and 2-1.
Azusa Pacific committed 7 errors in 2 games, including a whopping 5 in the first inning of the day and as a result dropped a GSAC doubleheader at Point Loma Nazarene, 7-0 and 3-0.
Azusa Pacific had to settle for a GSAC-opening split after leading for 11 of the 14 innings played against Vanguard.
As they did a year ago in Bakersfield, Azusa Pacific and Cal State Bakersfield played another pair of 1-run games, this time splitting the outcomes.
Azusa Pacific ran its winning streak to 11 straight by winning the first 2 games of the Clash at the Compound at Biola.
Azusa Pacific ran its winning streak to 9 straight with a pair of 3-2 victories over UC San Diego, winning both games in the last at-bat.
After picking up impressive wins over Notre Dame de Namur and Humboldt State, Azusa Pacific found itself within an eyelash of winning the Best in the West Invitational.
A little bit of everybody had a hand in all 3 games Azusa Pacific played during the opening day of the Best in the West Invitational in Modesto, Calif.
Azusa Pacific, the GSAC's all-time winningest softball program, opens the 2003 season February 2 at the Diamond Sports Tournament in Modesto, Calif.