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Softball - Fri, Mar. 31, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Ale Guillen went 3-8 and pitched a complete game against Menlo
Ale Guillen went 3-8 and pitched a complete game against Menlo
Game 1
Game 2
Menlo College
(23)Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – No. 23 Hope International hosted the Menlo Oaks for an afternoon doubleheader on Friday, Mar. 31 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The Oaks continually made contact at opportune times and were able to string together hits in both games where HIU was not, finishing the afternoon with a sweep and claiming the season series 3-1.

Tori Franks (JR/Mesa, AZ) stood in the circle for game one and worked a full game for the 14th time in her HIU career, taking just her fifth loss of the season in the effort. Franks fanned six and walked three while allowing six runs on 12 hits in the loss.

The Royals allowed Menlo to draw first blood with a run in the opening frame and gave up two more in the second to trail 3-0 after one and a half innings. HIU answered the bell with a run in the bottom of the second after Ashley Bonham (FR/Modesto, CA) got on with a single, moved on a groundout, and scored on an RBI single from Franks to make it 3-1 in favor of Menlo.

Menlo made it 4-1 with a run in the third and HIU was able to pull within one after plating a pair in the fourth, but the Oaks would rally to score single runs in the sixth and seventh to ice the win. A fielder's choice put Franks on in the fourth and Ally Painter (JR/La Palma, CA) moved her with a single to center field before a Crystal Cano (SR/Norwalk, CA) triple scored both runners – Cano's triple was the only extra-base hit for HIU as they fell 6-3 in game one.

Alejandra Guillen (SR/Downey, CA) worked a full game in the second stanza of the doubleheader and gave up three runs on nine hits to the Oaks without issuing a walk – Guillen pitched her 11th complete game in the effort and fielded just her third loss of the season in the circle.

The Oaks struck first again in game two after plating single runs in the first and second frames while blanking the Royals for the opening two innings. Guillen and her defense were able to quiet Menlo in the third and answered with a run to make it 2-1 after three frames as Alexza Sanchez (FR/Escondido, CA) walked, stole second, and scored on a single to left field by Guillen.

Franks doubled for HIU in the fourth and made it as far as third but was left standing on the bag as one of the Royals' six stranded baserunners. Menlo plated its third run of the game in the fifth and while HIU answered back with a run of its own, the rally fell short and HIU was swept with a 3-2 final in game two.

HIU falls to 22-8 overall and is now 8-6 which places the Royals second in the GSAC standings, a half-game in front of William Jessup and a game in front of Menlo – however, Menlo now owns the tiebreaker with the season series in its possession. HIU can still cement its place in second with wins against William Jessup tomorrow.

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