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Softball - Fri, Apr. 7, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Ale Guillen helped HIU snap its losing streak and could not be stopped at the plate
Ale Guillen helped HIU snap its losing streak and could not be stopped at the plate
Game 1
Game 2
5 Innings
(RV)Hope International
San Diego Christian College

SANTEE, CA – (RV) Hope International traveled to face San Diego Christian in a GSAC doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 7 to wrap up a four-game season series against the Hawks. The Royals' losing streak continued in the first game but HIU bounced back to stop their skid in game two with a 12-0 run-rule victory.

Tori Franks (JR/Mesa, AZ) pitched her 18th complete game for HIU and picked up her eighth loss of the season after allowing six runs – five of them earned – on seven hits in six innings of work. Franks also walked a batter and struck out seven, but the Hawks' pitcher struck out 16 Royals to clinch the shutout win.

Alejandra Guillen (SR/Downey, CA) went three for three at the plate with a double and two singles in the leadoff spot of the lineup, but the Royals only produced one other hit as a team and could not plate a runner. SDC opened the scoring in the second with a single run and erupted for five more in the third to win 6-0 in what was otherwise a fast-paced game with four scoreless frames in six and a half innings.

Guillen stood in the circle for game two and pitched a complete game to pick up her tenth win of the 2017 season and helped HIU snap their losing streak after throwing a one-hitter with two strikeouts and no walks. Guillen's 14th complete game was supported in a big way by her offense to split the afternoon with the Hawks.

A scoreless first inning led to a monstrous second frame for the Royals – Ashley Bonham (FR/Modesto, CA) and Alexis Sargent (FR/Torrance, CA) both wore pitches to get on base without any out in the inning and Justice Walker (JR/Huntington Beach, CA) sacrificed both runners over with a bunt before Jaslin Rivas (JR/La Mirada, CA) got a ground-rule double to leave the field of play in left field that plated both runners. Ally Painter (JR/La Palma, CA) followed with a drag bunt for a single and then both Rivas and Painter scored after an SDC miscue on the play ended with the ball at the outfield fence on the throw. Guillen launched a solo shot to left center for the Royals' fifth run of the game and Crystal Cano (SR/Norwalk, CA) singled to centerfield before scoring on the play after a misplay by the Hawks' centerfielder.

HIU kept up the charge in the third with three more after Bonham led off again, this time with a hard-hit single to second. A sacrifice bunt from Sargent moved Bonham and a triple to right center from Walker scored her for the 7-0 lead. Walker came in on a wild pitch and after Painter reached on a fielder's choice Guillen doubled to plate Painter for the 9-0 lead after two and a half innings.

A quiet fourth frame led to the explosive fifth that gave HIU unneeded insurance runs to guarantee the shortened outing for Guillen – Rivas singled aboard and was joined on the base paths by Samantha Molina (JR/Yorba Linda, CA) after a pinch-hit walk. Guillen drew a walk to load the bases and Cano singled and got into a pickle at second that allowed all three runners to score on the play for the 12-0 tally. A scoreless bottom of the fifth ended the game and the losing streak for HIU with a big bounce-back win.

Guillen was the player of the day for HIU after safely reaching base with either a hit or a walk in every plate appearance against the Hawks, including three doubles, a home run, and a handful of RBI.

The Royals improve to 23-13 overall and 9-11 in GSAC, now just two games under .500 in conference and currently are fourth in the GSAC standings. HIU is two games back of Menlo and William Jessup and will have four GSAC games against Biola and Arizona Christian to try and make up some ground on the leaderboard for a better seeding in the 2017 GSAC Tournament.

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