COSTA MESA, Calif. --- The last time Biola and Vanguard met on the softball field this season the Lions were able to sneak one game off the Eagles, and more recently Vanguard took a game from No. 1 Concordia, but not on Saturday.
Biola used a steady mix of solid pitching and timely, well-rounded hitting to down the Lions in both games of their weekend doubleheader. The No. 13 Eagles took game one 4-0, and then ran through game two to the tune of a 5-2 victory.
Heather Hall paced the offense all day long, going 3-for-6 with five RBI, and she launched her fourth homerun of the season in the opener. She split her production fairly evenly across the two victories, getting three RBI in game one and two in the late game.
Hall's .500 day helped her account for one-fourth of Biola's hit total on the afternoon, as they notched just 12 hits off the Lions, despite the solid scoring output.
Vanguard's bats were held in check all day long, as the Lions completed all of their scoring for the afternoon in the second inning of game two. Reba DePriest tallied two wins on the day to improve to 14-0 on the season.
She also tacked on an extra-base hit in the second contest to up her batting average to .438. She struck out 11 batters over her 9.1 innings of work and now sits just 14 strikeouts shy of Biola's single-season record for Ks (176).
Biola trailed for just a half-inning on the afternoon, before they tacked on two of their own in the third inning of the nightcap. The two wins help the Eagles improve to 29-7 (12-4 GSAC) and puts them just two games back from first-place Concordia.
The five-run total in the late game marks Biola's 14th time this season scoring at least five runs. Head Coach Lorie Coleman noted in the preseason that she aimed for the Eagles to average five runs per game and give up fewer than two per contest.
So far in 2014 they are averaging just about 4.5 runs per contest and giving up 1.25, not too shabby.
Hall, DePriest and the rest of Biola's softball team gets back into Golden State Athletic Conference play with its senior day next Saturday (April 12). Before that, the Eagles have a road doubleheader at the University of Antelope Valley on Tuesday.