After an unexpected, and very unconventional, loss in an early meeting with San Diego Christian, Biola cements its standing in the Golden State Athletic Conference with a remarkable 8-0 win over Hope International.
The double was key in Biola's eight-run rule victory, as the Eagles picked up four two-baggers in its runaway win. Meanwhile, Reba DePriest regained her dominance in the circle, as she did not allow a single extra-base hit to the Royals.
She went the distance in a five-inning contest and got her 17th win of the season, securing Biola's spot in tomorrow morning's 11:30 a.m. affair that will decide who joins No. 1 Concordia in the GSAC Tournament Championship at 2 p.m. Biola will rematch with San Diego Christian in that contest.
DePriest used the five shutout innings to regain control over her season ERA and drop it to 0.45. She retired HIU's batters by inducing contact to save her arm for tomorrow's action, as she only had one strikeout in the contest.
The Eagles' offense primarily came in a huge bottom of the fifth inning. They scored six and only get one out in the frame as RBI hits came courtesy of Ashley Spadt, Bria Madrid, Iliana Morales, Kasey Hormel and CeCe Luster.
Hormel had a fantastic day, proving why she is a valuable asset to Head Coach Lorie Coleman even as a freshman. She went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a pinch-hit role in game one and starting role in game two.
Biola also picked up single runs in the third and fourth innings, solidifying the team effort by coming off the bats of Hormel and Brooke Madrid.
Biola's confidence should be skyrocketing as they head into tomorrow's rematch following this big win. The Eagles had a chance to scout San Diego Christian, as the Hawks played a deciding game against Concordia immediately following biola getting this win.
Hope International is eliminated from the tournament following the loss.