Warriors blaze a trail across Arizona

Ottawa and ACU fall
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Coming off a two-game sweep of Arizona Christian in their Golden State Athletic Conference opener, the William Jessup University softball team took on future GSAC-competitor Ottawa University in a doubleheader Saturday.

After the Warriors took the pair of wins over the Spirit, they now ride a four-game win streak, advancing to 17-8 overall.

Shelbi Graifman returned to the circle in game two for her fourth win of the weekend. She pitched a complete seven innings in the final game, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts.

After Corina Salinas and Abbie Lewis got on base, Taya Ruiz drove in Salinas. Lewis scored following base hits by Lauren Garoutte and Stephanie Scott for a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, Rachel Hooper drove in Arianna Barton and Lewis tripled to increase WJU’s lead to 7-0. Ottawa score in the bottom of the sixth, but could get no closer in a 7-1 loss.

Jessup returns home this week to host a pair of conference matchups. San Diego Christian is slated for Friday and Vanguard University on Saturday. With rain in the forecast, please be sure to check for up-to-date information and game times.

In the first inning, Lewis got things started with a single and scored on a Graifman single. 

In the fifth, Salinas, Graifman and Ruiz doubled; Mason Marshall singled and Jena Ovens followed with another double to give the Warriors a 5-0 lead.
Graifman’s shutout evaporated after a Spirits’ solo home run. The senior was relieved in the fifth by Brooke Sarro. Graifman had two strikeouts and Sarro one.
Sarro also capped the scoring with her first home run of the season, as Jessup finished the game with an 8-1 victory.

William Jessup 7, Arizona Christian 1

To start the scoring, Graifman drove in Lewis and Natalie Basaldua collected an RBI with a base hit, as WJU went up 2-0 over the Firestorm.

In the third inning, Lewis scored and Basaldua come home on Raechel Hooper’s base hit. Patterson’s hit drove in Marshall for a 5-0 lead.
Lauren Garoutte then sent a two-run bomb over the left field fence in the fifth, extending the lead 7-0. ACU picked up a run in the sixth before bowing to the Warriors.
Graifman nabbed her second win of the day for a 13-5 record and her second seven-inning game of the day. She gave up five hits and nine Ks.

Garoutte was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs; Graifman and Marshall both doubled. 
William Jessup 4, Arizona Christian 1

Starting strong, Stephanie Scott brought home Patterson and Salinas scored Marshall and Scott for a 3-0 advantage.

In the final inning, Lewis’ base hit scored Scott. However, Arizona Christian pushed one run across to escape the shutout.
Graifman threw the full seven innings allowing just one run on five hits with six strikeouts.

Scott went 2-3 with an RBI; Salinas was 2-4 with two RBIs and Lewis had two hits and drove in a run.