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Jessup splits doubleheader with Vanguard University

Conference tourney May 2-4
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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The William Jessup University softball team kicked off their final two home series against Vanguard University on Friday at Azevedo Park, taking on the already claimed regular-season Golden State Athletic Conference champions in a doubleheader.

Jessup added a late run in the bottom of the sixth inning and left the Lions scoreless in game one for a 1-0 victory. But Vanguard fired right back in game two and held the Warriors scoreless, 6-0, for a series split.

Having been the game-one starter for her junior season thus far, Shelbi Graifman looked comfortable through her seven-inning appearance, only allowing one hit while managing four strikeouts for her 11th win of the season.

The Warriors tallied six hits and pushed a runner across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. Corina Salinas scored on Taya Ruiz’s single to left-center field to seal the deal.

Adding to the offensive lineup was Tessa HarrisKyla Cisneros, Graifman and Clarissa Blaquera, all collecting hits in game one.

Ruiz led WJU in the two-game outing going 3-for-6 and had the solo RBI on the day; Cisneros, Harris and Graifman all had two hits on the day.

GAME TWO

Freshman Mariah Gonzalez toed the rubber taking on a hungry Lion's pack, who got the early lead 3-0 in the first frame. Graifman led things off in the bottom of the second inning with a double, but was left stranded on third unable to answer the Lions’push.

The Warriors added another hit to their first game totals (seven), but were unable to transfer it to a run. Jessup left six runners on base, two in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out rally.

Natalie Basaldua and Ruiz went 2-3 in game two, leading the Warriors offensively.

Vanguard added three more runs, one in each in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings for the victory.

The Warriors were scheduled to host Biola Saturday for a senior day doubleheader and the end of regulation play.

The GSAC championship is May 2-4 at Vanguard University.

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