Stifling defense boosts Jessup in sweep of Biola

Graifman strikes out 10; Cisneros and Blaquera homer
By: Robert Marten for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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William Jessup University’s softball team (15-21, 8-10) took both games against Biola University (20-24-1, 6-11) in their doubleheader Friday, passing the Eagles in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings.


Shelbi Graifman held the circle for the Warriors and allowed only four hits for a 3-0 win. The sophomore retired 10 batters on strikes, at one point recording four consecutive strikeouts.

Graifman was backed up by a zero-error performance from Jessup’s field, including Warriors’ shortstop Kyla Cisneros.

Biola also played impressive defensive, holding Jessup to just one production inning, but that was enough. Ali Medina (Galt) led off with a walk. Cisneros threaded a base hit between third and the shortstop. Biola’s left fielder bobbled the ball, giving Medina the window to reach home plate and Cisneros second base.

Clarissa Blaquera hit a two-out single, sending Cisneros across home plate. Amanda Taylor followed suit to drive in Blaquera.

From that point forward the game was all defense.


Jessup maintained the defensive pressure, while picking up the pace at bat.

Jessica Myers held the circle for the Warriors for an 8-0 victory, pitching seven innings allowing five hits and striking out five.

The Warriors’ started similar to game one, pushing to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs, Cisneros singled and Graifman drew a walk. Blaquera crushed a shot over the center-field fence for a three-run home run, her third long ball of the season.

Cisneros looked to extend Jessup’s lead in the third inning after Delaney Slater (Folsom) singled to open the inning. Cisneros airmailed her season’s fourth home run, good for two runs.

The Warriors capped off the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Slater hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded, scoring freshman Mikayla Laymance (Grass Valley) and Breanna Miskimen. Medina scored later on a wild pitch.

Jessup returns to Azevedo Park in Rocklin, California Saturday, April 16 to host Vanguard University at noon. for another weekend doubleheader.

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