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Softball - Wed, Apr. 5, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Ale Guillen finished the afternoon 4-of-6 with three doubles
Ale Guillen finished the afternoon 4-of-6 with three doubles
Game 1
Game 2
(23)Hope International
(17)Vanguard University

COSTA MESA, CA – (RV) Hope International University traveled to face the No. 17 Vanguard Lions on Tuesday, Apr. 4 for a doubleheader that capped the four-game season series. HIU put together improved performances at the plate from their previous series against William Jessup but was unable to overcome their hosts in either afternoon game.

Tori Franks (JR/Mesa, AZ) picked up her third straight loss in the circle in game one after working another complete game for the Royals, allowing seven runs – six earned – on eight hits with four walks and a pair of strikeouts on her line in six innings of work.

After two scoreless frames to start game one, the hosting Lions scattered the first three runs of the game through the third and fourth innings before the Royals' bats came alive in the fifth. The Royals exploded for five runs in the fifth frame to take the lead after Franks led the inning off with a walk.

Jaiden Cornelius (FR/Camarillo, CA) took Franks' place to run at first and moved on a wild pitch before scoring on an error by the Lions' right fielder. Jocelyn Young (SR/Reno, NV) reached second safely on the play and was joined by Samantha Molina (JR/Yorba Linda, CA) and Ally Painter (JR/La Palma, CA) on the bases after a walk and another VU error to load the bases before Crystal Cano (SR/Norwalk, CA) cleared the bags for HIU with a three-RBI double to center field. Alejandra Guillen (SR/Downey, CA) lifted a double to left center to follow plate Cano for the Royals' fifth run of the inning and a 5-3 lead.

The Royals' fifth inning outburst was not enough to secure the win, unfortunately, as the Lions got one run back in the bottom of the frame and then went on to secure the win with three more in the sixth. HIU put a pair of runners on the in the seventh but couldn't bring either runner around and fell 7-5 to start the afternoon.

Guillen stood in the circle for game two and went the distance as well in her third straight losing outing – Guillen allowed eight runs – six earned – on 11 hits without a walk or a strikeout on her line in six innings to the Lions.

The Lions plated two in the second to open up the scoring but the Royals would again jump on top in similar fashion to the early game with three in the third. Alexis Sargent (FR/Torrance, CA) led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a single by Guillen to right field. Walker followed with a single to put a pair on base and Cano produced another double to plate Guillen – Walker would come in on a sacrifice fly for the 3-2 lead.

The Royals got another run in the fifth to make it 4-2 after Guillen knocked a double to left center again and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a single from Cano.  However, the Lions three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to take the lead for good, and the Royals' last run plated in the sixth was not enough to overcome the deficit, falling 8-5 in game two.

Despite the two losses added to the record, HIU fans can take heart from the much-improved outings at the plate against a pair of talented starting pitchers on the Lions' staff. The Royals produced nine extra-base hits and ten runs against the top-ranked Lions and that bodes well for the remaining games on the 2017 slate. Guillen was the Royals' most productive hitter on the day with a four-for-six afternoon, three doubles, and two RBI.

The Royals drop to 20-12 overall and are now below .500 in GSAC with an 8-10 record as they continue to slip down the conference leaderboard – the Royals have lost their last six games, all of them in GSAC play, and now sit in fourth behind Vanguard, Menlo, and William Jessup with only six GSAC games left on the slate. The Royals can climb back into second but will need help from their opponents to lock up that spot as both Menlo and Vanguard own the tiebreakers with 3-1 series wins against HIU this year.

Overall GSAC Streak
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