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Softball - Sat, Apr. 1, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Justice Walker was one of two Royals to produce a hit against Jessup
Justice Walker was one of two Royals to produce a hit against Jessup
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William Jessup University
(23)Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – No. 23 Hope International hosted William Jessup for a GSAC doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 1 and lost both games to the visiting Warriors. The Royals struggled all day at the plate and were shut out all afternoon by the Warriors' pitching staff.

Tori Franks (JR/Mesa, AZ) worked her 15th complete game of the season and picked up her sixth loss of the year after allowing two runs on seven hits and four walks to the Warriors while fanning three batters.

The Royals struggled to support Franks at the plate and produced just four baserunners in game one – Cynthia Martinez (SR/Montebello, CA) drew a pair of walks, Justice Walker (JR/Huntington Beach, CA) ripped a double, and Alejandra Guillen (SR/Downey, CA) took advantage of an error to get aboard. However, the Royals were unable to string together any offense and Jessup plated single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to win 2-0 in game one.

Game two featured a similar storyline at the plate as the Royals put just three runners on base and again produced only one hit. Franks and Samantha Molina (JR/Yorba Linda, CA) worked for one walk apiece and Crystal Cano (SR/Norwalk, CA) broke up the no-hitter with a double in the sixth but was left on the bag at second. Jessup plated three runs to win 3-0 and finished the afternoon with a sweep to split the season series 2-2. Both teams were swept at home in the 2017 series - HIU took two from Jessup in Rocklin to split the year at 2-2 overall after Jessup returned the favor this afternoon. 

Guillen was the pitcher of record for the Royals after working another complete game and recording only her fourth loss of the year - Guillen allowed three runs - two earned - on eight hits without a walk or a strikeout issued to the Jessup batters in seven innings of work.

Jessup jumped the Royals with the sweep to move into third on the GSAC leaderboard – the Royals are in a four-game losing slump and have fallen from second to fourth after back-to-back sweeps at the hands of Menlo and Jessup. Menlo in particular is coming on strong and is in the middle of a ten-game winning streak as the Oaks have jumped to second in the GSAC standings.

HIU has four GSAC doubleheaders left on the 2017 slate and will hit the road for its final two road series – the Royals face No. 17 Vanguard next Tuesday and stay on the road for a doubleheader at San Diego Christian next Friday before returning home to finish the season with four series at Fullerton College. The Royals can still climb the leaderboard but will now need help from their opponents to secure a higher seed after dropping the season series to Menlo.

 
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