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Hannah Howell throws out a runner at first (4/24)
Softball - Thu, Apr. 24, 2014

The No. 1 Concordia Eagles started their 2014 postseason title defense with a 3-2 win over Vanguard in the 2014 GSAC Tournament hosted by Concordia at Eagles Field on Thursday afternoon, April 24.  The Eagles entered the game 0-2 against Vanguard starter Rachel Stalford this season, but got the win when it mattered.

Stevie Goldstein started for Concordia and went the first five innings, throwing 83 pitches, giving up one run and 10 hits, as she weaved in and out of jams improving to 17-1.  Brittani McGue finished the game, escaping one big jam, allowing one run with three K's to get her fourth save.  Caitrin Debaun was three-for-four at the plate with a double.  Megan Feuerstein had two hits and a double and RBI, and Chanele Dresser picked up two singles.

Goldstein stranded two two-out singles in the first with a strikeout and Debaun opened the bottom half with a double to right center.  She stole third and scored on Jenna Jorgenson's single to right.  Jorgenson was sacrificed to second, stole third and scored on the throwing error on the steal attempt.  A single and error put two on for Vanguard in the second, but a fly out ended the threat.  A walk and singles by Rachel Prentice  and Chanele Dresser loaded the bases for Concordia in the second, but a foul out and strikeout equaled no runs.  Vanguard doubled, singled, and singled with one out in the third to score one run.  Goldstein ended it with a strikeout and groundout.  A hit batter started the third for Concordia, and after the runner was gunned, Howell reached on a fielder's choice.  She scored on Megan Feuestein's single to make it 3-1 Concordia.  The Lions singled and doubled in the fourth, but two groundouts back to Goldstein put an end to that threat.  Dresser and Debaun singled with one out in the fourth, but a fly out and great play shortstop to third base ended the inning.

Vanguard singled twice to open the fifth, but a huge lineout double play from third base to second relieved the pressure on Goldstein.  Feuerstein doubled with two out in the fifth, but was left stranded. A walk and failed play at second put two on for Vanguard to start the sixth, and both runners moved on a passed ball.  McGue struck two out, but then walked two to bring one home.  With the batter fouling balls off in a full count, McGue forced a groundout to third to escape up 3-2.  Debaun singled with two out in the bottom of the sixth.  McGue worked around a walk and stolen base in the bottom half to move Concordia on.

The Eagles ended the day 46-5, winning their 10th straight, and dropped Vanguard to 33-21.  Concordia will await the winner of Biola and San Diego Christian tomorrow at 4:15 in the semifinals, and Vanguard will fight for their season in loser-out action at 11:45 am against Hope International.  All games can be seen at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.