Warriors drop doubleheader to Vanguard
William Jessup University’s softball team (15-23, 8-12) hosted Vanguard University (29-20, 10-10) at home, but fell in both games of a doubleheader by scores of 5-3 and 12-3 Saturday.
The day started out exciting and stayed that way the entire game.
Vanguard took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Jessup’s responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Delany Slater (Folsom) hit a one-out double deep to center field. Kyla Cisneros followed with a shot to the fence between the left and center for an RBI double.
Shelbi Graifman grabbed a base hit to drive in Cisneros.
That lead did not last long, as Vanguard found the equalizer in the next inning.
Clarissa Blaquera tried to answer from second on a base hit to right field by Riley Williams (Orangevale). But a perfect throw from the nine spot beat Blaquera to home plate.
The score remained tied through seven and went into extra innings.
The Lions opened the eighth by scoring off an RBI double. They put up two additional runs before being retired.
Jessup scored when Cisneros rushed home plate on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning, but that was all the runs WJU could get.
Graifman started in the circle and pitched all eight innings. She allowed five runs on six hits while striking out six.
Jessup’s defensive streak ended in game two.
Vanguard broke the game open with a huge second inning scoring six runs on four hits and one Jessup error. They kept up their momentum to score another run in the third.
The Warriors did not ride quietly into the sunset.
Cisneros singled and Graifman advanced her with a base hit over the second-base bag. They each advanced into scoring position on a Blaquera sacrifice and Amanda Taylor delivered a two-out single to bring them both home.
Slater then rode one over the center-field fence in the sixth to put the score at 7-3. Despite the effort, Vanguard came back to pick up another five runs in the top of the seventh and sealed the victory.
Jessica Myers went the distance in the circle, allowing 12 runs on 12 hits and striking out two.
The Warriors have one final series and will host Menlo College Saturday for Senior Day. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon at Azevedo Park in Rocklin.
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, visit jessupathletics.com or Jessup.edu.
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