WEST COVINA, Calif. - Going into day two of the 2017 NAIA So. Cal Classic, the Vanguard University Lions (5-3) strived for more consistency after their opening day win and loss. However their inconsistency continued, with wins against College of Idaho (1-2) and Carroll College (1-2) being separated by a loss to Oregon Tech (4-1). Nevertheless, the positives far outweighed the negatives, with the Lions outscoring their opponents 26-12 on the day.
Oregon Tech 6, Vanguard 3
In yet another fast start, the Lions came out of the blocks in the first inning with three runs to their name. Wilson was walked, before Penner singled through the left side, allowing Wilson to advance to second base. Wilson would eventually score, after Ross was walked and Amber Huffman (SO/San Diego, CA) singled down the line. Penner and Ross rounded out the scoring on throws. However, the Owls responded with three runs of their own, to tie the game 3-3 going into the top of the second inning. Unfortunately for the Pride, their fast start proved to be all they had for the remainder of the contest. In fact, the Blue and Gold only registered two more hits, while the Owls scored another three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Vanessa Dwyer (FR/Temple City, CA) started on the mound and lasted 3.2 innings, while conceding all six runs. Kolbi Tonini (SO/Reno, NV) offered Dwyer some relief, giving up three hits in her 2.1 innings.
Vanguard 8, College of Idaho 0
Much like yesterday's first game, game one got off to a cracking start. With the Lions batting first, Taylor Wilson (SR/Modesto, CA) singled to third base. She then stole second base, before Summer Penner (SR/Anaheim, CA) followed up with a double to center field. This allowed Wilson to score the first run of the day and put the Yotes on the back paw. With the second inning largely uneventful, the Pride picked up the scoring in a big way, in the top of the third. It all started when Britany Heinle (JR/Stockton, CA) doubled to right field, before advancing to third base on a passed ball. The Blue and Gold would register three more hits, allowing Heinle to score the first of four runs, to make it 5-0. In a completely dominant performance, the Lions scored a further two runs in the top of the fourth inning, before closing the scoring out with a run in the top of the sixth. Payton Ross (JR/Hughson, CA) and Penner went 2-3 in the game, while Lindsey Gilmore (SO/Caruthers, CA) led the way with four rbi's. Courtney Thornhill (FR/Hughson,CA) started on the mound and earned her very first win, while Brianna Spencer (FR/Oregon City, OR) also pitched an inning.
Vanguard 15, Carroll 6
Going into their third and final game of the day with yet another win and loss, the Lions were determined to finish day two on a high. With no runs or hits in the first inning of the contest, there was no sign of what was about to come. The second inning got the show on the road with three runs for the Saints and two runs for the Pride, but the third inning took things to an entirely different level. After scoring another two runs to make the game 5-2, the Saints made way for the Blue and Gold. It was at this point in the bottom of the third inning, that the Lions took the game by the scruff of the neck. Despite only registering three hits, the Pride proceeded to score an astonishing seven runs. With two runs registered and the bases loaded, Emily Hall (SO/Lake Forest, CA) blasted the ball out of the park, earning herself a grand slam. Going into the top of the fourth inning, the Saints didn't know what hit them. After registering zero hits, the Saints made way for the Lions to score a further six runs in the bottom of the fourth. In addition to these six runs, the Pride also registered six hits. Hall and Cassie Balswick (FR/Turlock, CA) both boasted perfect batting records going 3-3, while Lindsey Gilmore earned five rbi's. Kolbi Tonini started and pitched all five innings, earning her second win of the season.
Next Game: The rest of the tournament has been postponed due to incoming weather.