William Jessup softball heads for regional playoffs

Warriors finish second in conference
By: Staff Report
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The William Jessup University softball team went 3-3 last week, closing out the regular season with a 6-1 victory over Menlo College in Atherton Saturday. Emily Buhrkuhl dominated the Oaks by allowing one run on three hits. Junior Breihanna Castilleja had the big bat as she went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and a run batted in. Freshman Stephanie Rodriguez went 3-5, while Lucas was 2-4 with two RBI. Although Holy Names University claimed the Warriors? final home game 10-2, the girls in red-white-and-blue took the first two contests 7-5 and 4-2 Friday. The first game was a two-inning completion of a game postponed last week. Buhrkuhl was awarded the win and started the next contest well warmed up. The hits were provided by junior Alannah Johns, 3-5 and two RBI. Stephanie Rodriguez, Sara Jones, Mallory Blodgett rapped out two hits apiece. In the first game of a doubleheader, Buhrkuhl surrendered just two runs on six hits. She also had six strikeouts. Brittany Hellon, Casey Lucas and Blodgett each had a single, a double and an RBI. The Hawks bounced back in the second half of the doubleheader to hand freshman pitcher Andrea Lutz the loss. Freshman Brittany Lamar was 2-4 with one RBI. In spite of dropping two games to California State University ? San Marcos, Buhrkuhl and Blodgett were named the California Pacific Conference pitcher and player of the week. Lutz and Buhrkuhl were tagged with the losses but the offense still gave it their best. Castilleja was 2-2 with a home run in game one. Freshman Courtney Olson-Werling was 2-3. In game two, Blodgett was 3-3 against the Cougars. William Jessup finished second in the CalPac with a 10-5 record, 23-16 overall. The Warriors earned a trip to Irvine for a NAIA Unaffiliated Grouping No. 2 regional softball tournament with teams from the CalPac, Frontier and Golden State conferences. Hosted by Concordia University, William Jessup seeded No. 5 will open against No. 4 Vanguard University, 9:30 a.m. today. The tournament is double elimination. Reporting by Jeff Bussell/William Jessup Sports Information Director