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Softball - Sat, Apr. 26, 2014

Top-ranked Concordia clinched the GSAC Softball Tournament Championship with a 5-0 win over No. 12 Biola on Saturday afternoon, hosted by Concordia at Eagles Field, wrapping up a perfect 3-0 tournament record.

All-GSAC starter Brittani McGue got the call and answered, allowing just a single hit in seven innings, and walking only two in her eighth shutout of the season as she improved to 22-2.  Megan Feuerstein collected a three-RBI double in the first inning, and Caitrin Debaun and Jenna Jorgenson also doubled.  Kristen Shiotani joined Debaun and Jorgenson with two hits each. 

McGue cruised through the first 1-2-3 with two strikeouts.  After a walk, Merjano singled, and after a runner was thrown out, another batter walked for Concordia.  Feuerstein laced one down the left field line for the bases clearing double.  McGue induced two groundouts to waste a one-out Biola double in the second.  Caitrin Debaun singled with one out in the second, and Jorgenson followed with a double to left center.  The runner was tagged at home on a fielder's choice, but a run did score on the next play as the Biola third baseman made an error.  A runner was caught stealing to end the inning.  McGue worked around a leadoff walk by Biola in the third by turning a 1-6-3 double play right back at her.  McGue did not let a Concordia error phase her in the fourth and set them down in order in the fifth.  The Eagles were unable to take advantage of singles by Jorgenson in the fourth and Kristen Shiotani in the fifth.  Chanele Dresser singled to open the sixth, and Debaun doubled to left center to follow.  Jorgenson hit one that looked like it was out, but a great catch by the Biola centerfielder turned it into a sac fly.  McGue was able to strand a leadoff walk for the GSAC Championship win in the seventh.

Concordia improved to 48-5, and is now GSAC Regular-Season and Tournament Champions.  Biola dropped to 34-12, and will hope for an at-large bid to the NAIA Opening Round May 12-14.  Concordia was chosen as an Opening Round Host, and the Concordia Bracket will be played at Eagles Field on those dates. 

The NAIA Opening Round field will be announced May 6.