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Softball - Wed, Apr. 12, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Justice Walker went 4-8 against NDNU with four runs scored and a triple
Justice Walker went 4-8 against NDNU with four runs scored and a triple
Game 1
Game 2
Notre Dame De Namur University
(RV)Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – (RV) Hope International hosted NCAA Division II foe Notre Dame de Namur in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Apr. 12 at 10:00 am. The Royals won the first game of the day by five and looked poised to repeat in the second outing before defensive miscues erased their chance for a sweep of the Argonauts.

Tori Franks (JR/Mesa, AZ) got the start for HIU in the circle but was only able to last two and two thirds for the Royals – Franks left without a decision in the third after getting two out to start the third before struggling to end the inning and allowing four runs to tie the game at 5-5. Alejandra Guillen (SR/Downey, CA) entered to finish the game and earned the win after four and a third innings of one-hit, shutout softball in the circle with a pair of strikeouts in relief. Guillen picked up her 11th win of the season for her trouble and started game two in the circle as well.

NDNU scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the first, but the Royals were able to get both back in the bottom of the frame as they plated four for the lead after one inning. Guillen led off with a single and Justice Walker (JR/Huntington Beach, CA) plated both after a triple and a throwing error by the NDNU right fielder allowed both to score. Crystal Cano (SR/Norwalk, CA) drew a walk, took second after beating the throw on a fielder's choice, and took third after a groundout moved her and Cynthia Martinez (SR/Montebello, CA) a base apiece. A dropped fly in right field plated Cano and put Jocelyn Young (SR/Reno, NV) on first and a double down the line in right by Franks plated Martinez for the 4-2 lead.

After a rough third frame for HIU, NDNU was able to tie the ball game at 5-5. HIU loaded the bases in the fourth but stranded all three and the score would remain tied until the bottom of the fifth.

HIU plated five in the fifth to take the lead for good from NDNU in game one – Samantha Molina (JR/Yorba Linda, CA) got on with a hard single to third base before Ally Painter (JR/La Palma, CA) and Guillen drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. A single to third for Walker plated one for HIU and kept the bases full for Cano who drew an RBI walk. A bases-clearing double down the line in left field plated the final three runs for HIU to make it 10-5 after five innings and neither team would generate any more offense afterwards, making that the final tally in game one.

Guillen stayed in the circle to pitch game two and went the distance in just her fifth loss of the year after allowing five runs – none of them earned – on eight hits to go with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Guillen finished the day as the pitcher of record in both games with a 1-1 record and 163 total pitches between the two outings.

The Royals plated the first run of the game in the first frame after Walker got on with a single to the short stop, stole second, and scored on Martinez' second double of the day to left field. The 1-0 lead would not hold up, however, as NDNU capitalized on a slew of fielding errors committed by HIU in the third frame.

The Argonauts plated all five of their runs in the third after stinging together six hits coupled with three errors by the Royals' defense. All five of the Argonaut runs came around to score with two outs in the inning. Guillen faced six batters more than she needed to in the inning to account for the damage before HIU produced the third out after allowing NDNU to bat through the order in the frame.

The Royals cleaned up their defense, made a series of adjustments to the lineup, and tried to find their approach at the plate that had worked so well in game one, but to no avail – HIU was held scoreless for five consecutive frames before plating one in the seventh.

Guillen singled through the hole at short with two out and advanced to second on a fielding error by the NDNU third baseman before scoring on a single by Cano, but that was all HIU could muster in the inning. Cano was cut down at second in a fielder's choice to end the game and HIU split the day with NDNU after falling 5-2 in the second game.

HIU moves to 24-14 overall, one game under their previous season's win total in 2016 with 25, and will be back on the field tomorrow with a GSAC doubleheader against Biola at 2:00 pm. Live coverage will be available with links listed on our website.

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