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COLLEGE SPORTS

Jessup home runs not enough to beat Indiana Wesleyan

Blaquera, Taylor provide blasts
By: Robert Marten for The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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The William Jessup University softball team hosted Indiana Wesleyan University Tuesday for a doubleheader, but despite two home runs in game one, the Warriors were swept in the series.

GAME ONE

The Warriors struck first in their first at-bat, when Clarissa Blaquera nailed a two-out, two-run home run deep over the left center-field fence.

The Warriors’ lead didn’t last long as’ Indiana Wesleyan proceeded to mount a major inning in the top of the third. After quickly loading the bases with just one out, the Wildcats found enough holes in the Warriors’ defense to amass seven runs. Wesleyan grabbed another two in the top of the fourth before Jessup was able to answer.

The Warriors did not give up on the game; their defense for the remainder was particularly sharp through the end of the seventh.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Amanda Taylor grabbed her own two-out, two-run home run in an attempt to rally a comeback. Despite the boost, it was Jessup’s last time on the scoreboard and the Warriors fell 9-4.

Jessica Myers got the start for the Warriors in the circle and was credited the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits. Taylor made her first appearance on the mound in relief, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on five hits.

Wesleyan’s Haley Nixon got the win for the Wildcats, allowing four runs off seven hits in seven innings.

GAME TWO

The temperature dropped across the Sacramento region Tuesday afternoon and cooled the bats of the Warriors and Wildcats in game two of the doubleheader. The match up turned from a slugfest to a pitcher’s duel as a chilly mist settled across the diamond.

The only run of the game came in the top of the first inning, as the third batter that Jessup pitcher Shelbi Graifmann faced grabbed an opportunity for a solo home run.

For the rest of the day, Jessup posted three additional hits, but none in the same inning. The Wildcats grabbed four more, but no batter was afforded the opportunity to round the bases.

Graifman took the loss for the Warriors, allowing one run and five hits while striking out six. Kaisey Carson earned the win for the Wildcats, with three strikeouts.

Each team’s defense was flawless, posting zero errors each in the match up. Blaquera led Jessup with two hits out of six plate appearances, including a home run.

The Warriors will get a considerable break before returning to conference play at No. 20 Biola University on March 16. The Warriors return home on March 23 to take on La Sierra University in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

William Jessup University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). For additional information regarding Jessup Athletics, visitwww.jessupathletics.com; visit www.jessup.edu for more information on William Jessup University. Follow Jessup Athletics on social media: William Jessup University Athletics (Facebook), @WJUSports (Twitter), and @JessupAthletics (Instagram, and Snapchat).