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Softball - Thu, Apr. 13, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Justice Walker produced a pair of extra-base hits to help HIU split with Biola
Justice Walker produced a pair of extra-base hits to help HIU split with Biola
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(RV)Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – (RV) Hope International hosted Biola on Thursday, Apr. 13 in their second-to-last GSAC series of the 2017 season with an eye toward making up ground in the GSAC standings. The Royals squandered a lead late in game one but bounced back with a run-rule victory in game two to split the afternoon with the Eagles.

Tori Franks worked almost a complete game for HIU, recording all but the final out in the circle for the Royals after six and two thirds of work with four runs – two earned – on five hits, seven walks, a hit batsman, and five strikeouts. Alejandra Guillen entered to record the final out for HIU and wrapped up game one with a 4-3 loss credited to Franks.

The Royals plated the first run of the game in the first inning after Justice Walker reached base on a fielder's choice, stole second, and came around to score after the Eagles catcher sailed a throw into center field trying to catch Walker at second for a 1-0 lead.

Three scoreless frames later Biola cracked the lead with a single run and tied it at 1-1 in the fifth, but HIU answered with two in the bottom of the frame to lead once again. Walker led off with a triple to right center and was joined on base by Crystal Cano who worked a walk and stole second. A single to right field by Cynthia Martinez plated both runners for the 3-1 lead.

That would be the last offensive outburst for HIU in game one and the Royals watched as Biola plated the final two runs of the ball game for a 4-3 lead and the win.

Guillen worked the second game for HIU and pitched a two-hit complete game shutout for her 12th win of the season. Guillen faced only three batters more than the minimum 15 in five innings and also supported herself at the plate with three runs on offense.

HIU plated three in the first inning after Guillen led off with a walk and Cano drew one as well to put a pair on base. Franks singled to left field to plate both, moved on an error and a wild pitch, and came in as the third run on another wild pitch.

The Royals erupted for 10 runs in the second inning after back-to-back walks by Destiney Fierro and Guillen were cashed in by a Cano triple. Cynthia Martinez walked, stole second, and Franks walked to load the bases before Jocelyn Young singled to score Cano. Jaslin Rivas wore a pitch to get aboard, plating Martinez, and then a walk by Fierro plated another for HIU as the Royals batted through the order. Guillen doubled to score Young and Rivas and Walker launched a three-run homer to left for the 10th run of the inning and a 13-0 lead.

Young drew a walk in the third and moved to second after Rivas also walked before scoring the 14th run of the game on a single by Ally Painter. Guillen and the HIU defense shut down the Eagles' offense one final time in the fifth and completed the shutout. The game two win ensured an afternoon split but Biola had already clinched the season series 3-1 after winning game one with the late comeback.

HIU stays in fourth in the GSAC standings after the split with Biola after notching a 25-15 overall record and a 10-12 mark in the GSAC slate of games this season – the Royals have one final GSAC series remaining next week against Arizona Christian at home and can finish the season at .500 in conference if they sweep the Firestorm. HIU is a full game in front of Biola and San Diego Christian in the standings and can clinch the fourth seed if they win both against ACU and Biola loses one of their last four GSAC contests.

 
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