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Softball - Tue, Apr. 1, 2014
Hannah Howell fires to first in game one (4/1)
Hannah Howell fires to first in game one (4/1)
Game 1
Game 2
(1) Concordia
(RV) Vanguard University
Final - Game 11234567RHE
Vanguard (23-16, 7-6 GSAC)1002000390
Concordia (CA) (36-5, 11-2 GSAC)0000100132
Irvine, CA Eagles Field
VanguardPitchingConcordia (CA)
STALFORD, RachelWinner-
-Loser MCGUE, Brittani
VanguardIndv. StatsConcordia (CA)
NoneDoubles None
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs #24 HOWELL, Hannah
Final - Game 21234567RHE
Vanguard (23-17, 7-7-0 GSAC)00000202113
Concordia (CA) (37-5, 12-2 GSAC)301014X9150
Irvine, CA Eagles Field
VanguardPitchingConcordia (CA)
-Winner GOLDSTEIN, Stevie
ROSS, ShelbyLoser-
VanguardIndv. StatsConcordia (CA)
#8 CROCE, HaleyDoubles #22 MERJANO, Annette
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs #14 MARSHALL, Hattie

Concordia (Calif.) retains the No. 1 position for the 13th-straight week in the third edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. For the first time this year, the Eagles are the consensus No. 1 pick with all 20 first-place votes and 600 total points.

Concordia has won its last seven games -- prior to that, the Eagles had win streaks of 17 and 11 games.  The Eagles take their 36-4 record into a twinbill against Vanguard (Calif.) today. Concordia ranks in the top 10 in the NAIA in numerous categories, including No. 2 in home runs per game (1.3), No. 5 in RBIs per game (7.1) and No. 7 in runs scored per game (7.9).  The 13-straight No. 1 rankings for Concordia (Calif.) is the longest stretch for any program since former member California Baptist rattled through 24-consecutive polls from 2009 – 11.  With 19 all-time No. 1 positions, Concordia now holds the third-most total trailing Oklahoma City by one for second-most.  Concordia has now held the No. 1 position in 17 of the last 19 polls dating back to the 2012 season. 

The Eagles hosted Vanguard on Tuesday, April 1, and split, losing 1-3 in game one and winning 9-2 in game two to split the regular-season series.

The story in game one was Vanguard starter Rachel Stalford, who held the Eagles to three hits, and the only damage was Hannah Howell (SO/Citrus Heights, CA)'s solo home run in the fifth.  She walked two and CU only left four on base, as Stalford dominated.  Brittani McGue (JR/Modesto, CA) kept the damage to a minimum for CU, giving up nine hits, three runs, two earned, while striking out three.  She worked out of trouble all day, stranding 13 runners, and fell to 17-2.

A single and two walks put two on for Vanguard in the first.  One run scored on a bases-loaded walk, but McGue forced a groundout to third to escape.

Caitrin Debaun (SR/Garden Grove, CA) singled through the left side to open the bottom half, stole second, but was left there.  Megan Feuerstein (SO/Huntington Beach, CA) singled to open the second, was sacrificed to second, but again left there.  VUSC loaded the bases again in the third with two outs, but McGue forced a line to short.  CU went one-two-three in the third.  The Lions used four hits and a CU fielding error to tack on two more in the fourth.  CU went one-two-three in the fourth and McGue stranded two runners in the fifth.  Howell led off the fifth with a bomb off the batting cages in left field to make it 3-1, and McGue put forth her first 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.  Concordia did not threaten in the sixth, and VUSC got runners on second and third on an error in the seventh, but McGue escaped with a strikeout and groundout.  Emily Craig (SR/Long Beach, CA) walked to start the seventh, but there was no advancement.

Stevie Goldstein (JR/Garden Grove, CA) was solid in game two, throwing all seven innings scattering 11 hits and two runs.  She improved to 12-1.  Hattie Marshall (FR/Costa Mesa, CA) hit her first career home run and doubled, Merjano hit two doubles, and Jorgenson doubled.  Jorgenson, Debaun, Merjano, Marshall, and Chanele Dresser (JR/Norwalk, CA) all had multi-hit games, and CU collected 15 as a team.

Jenna Jorgenson (SR/Laguna Niguel, CA) doubled to start the first, went to third on an illegal pitch and scored on Debaun's single through the right side.  Annette Merjano (SR/Auburn, CA) then doubled to left center, and Debaun scored later on an illegal pitch.  Howell singled through the left side to make it 3-0 Eagles.  Goldstein worked in order through the second.  The Lions loaded the bases with two outs in the third on two singles, but Feuerstein pulled an unassisted double play at second when the ball was lined at her.  A single from Hattie Marshall and a fielder's choice put two runners on for CU with one out in the third, and an error loaded them.  Prentice singled to right center to score one.  The Lions left a runner on second in the fourth and two singles and walk loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth.  One batter was called out after making contact with the ball outside the batter's box, and a lineout to second to first double play ended the inning with no runs.  Hattie Marshall led off the fifth with a home run halfway over the batting cage in left field to make it 5-0.  Two singles and a double led to VU's first run in the sixth.  Another single made it 5-2, but a pick off and groundout ended the threat.  Chanele Dresser singled and reached third on an error to start the sixth, and scored on Jorgenson's sac fly to center.  Craig singled to score another and Marshall doubled to make it 8-2.  One more run scored an error in left field and Goldstein forced a double play up the middle to end the game 9-2.

Concordia ended the day 37-5 and 12-2 in conference, while Vanguard went to 23-17 and 7-7 in the GSAC.  The Eagles still lead Biola by two games in the GSAC and will celebrate their five seniors on Saturday, April 5, at 12 pm at Eagles Field against Arizona Christian.  Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.


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