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William Jessup sweeps into the postseason

Warriors double up on Biola
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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It was an eventful day on the William Jessup University softball diamond as the Warriors hosted their final regular-season series at home against Biola University. The team was anxious to learn their fate for the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships.

But a trio of events sealed the deal for the William Jessup, as they swept the Eagles 7-0 and 12-8, celebrated their seniors and finished the season ranked third overall in the GSAC standings.

Despite the amazing opportunity to send five senior's out in style, the Warriors capped the day awarding Ali Medina the program's prestigious coach’s award. At the conclusion of game two a surprise proposal awaited her in the pitcher's circle, with all her family and teammates around.

With a more-than-anxious crowd throughout the day, the Warriors kept the fans entertained with a hitting performance like no other. The team tallied 13 hits in game one to bring in seven runs, and a dozen more in game two for a season-high 12 runs against the Eagles.

Senior Kyla Cisneros was unstoppable on her final day of play on the Warriors’ diamond. She was 5-for-5 in game one with five of the seven RBIs and 6-8 overall. 

Stephanie Scott was not far behind, going 3-4 in the first outing for an overall 4-7 from the plate to bring in four runs.

Shelbi Graifman  started things off in game one in the circle, pitching a hitless four innings for the win. Senior Amanda Taylor came in to close out the final three innings for her final appearance at home.

GAME TWO

The Eagles went on the attack in game two against starting pitcher Mariah Gonzalez. Biola took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Warriors answered right back in the bottom half of the frame. Corina Salinas and Cisneros each had an RBI single to tie the ballgame.

It was a back-and-forth battle through the next three innings, before the Warriors added some cushion in the bottom of the fifth. WJU scored five runs off five hits to take an 11-5 lead. 

Biola would cross the plate three more times and the Warriors once in before the official 12-8 outcome and a series sweep.

With the pair of wins Saturday, the Warriors solidified third place in the GSAC regular-season standings. They will head into the conference championship May 2 to take on the Menlo Oaks for the first round.

William Jessup was tied with the Oaks for second the last couple weeks of conference play before this weekend. The Warriors split 2-2 with Menlo in the regular season.

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