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Softball arrives at William Jessup University

By: Staff Report
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It took until its third game of its inaugural season for the William Jessup University softball team to pick up its first win. The Warriors (3-3) picked up their first win in school history in game three of the Simpson University Big League Dreams Classic in Redding, defeating Biola University 8-1. Junior Kara Besseghini (Dixon) was the winning pitcher. Freshman Mallory Blodgett (Folsom) went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, and juniors Gina Bologna (San Bruno), Audrea Lopez (San Jose) and sophomore Cassie Emmerson (Lincoln) all went 2-for-4 in the game as well. Coincidentally, the win came against Jessup head coach Jessica Pistole's alma mater. The Warriors had dropped their first two games of the afternoon, losing to No. 4-ranked Point Loma Nazarene University defeated 8-0 in the first game in school history before falling to Corban College 10-3. WJU was back out there for day two, where it defeated Northwest Christian University 4-1 and 2-1 in back-to-back games. Blodgett continued her hot hitting as she went 5-for-8 with 2 RBIs, while Ashley Mendez (Lincoln) and Jackie Ferrari both went 3-for-6 in the two wins. Besseghini got her second win in game one, while sophomore Brianna Melgard (Woodcreek High) picked up the win in game two as she held the Beacons to three hits. Jessup dropped the final game of the two-day tournament to the NAIA No. 1 ranked team, California Baptist University, 12-0. “I am proud of the way we competed this weekend,” Pistole said. “It’s tough to gauge where you stand when you haven’t played a game and now we know. Now, we have an idea of who we are and how we can do at this level. We are excited to get back to practice and continue this exciting season ahead. ” Jessup returns to action on Wednesday as they travel to San Francisco to take on NCAA DII member Academy of the Arts in a double header. Game times are set for noon and 2:00 PM.