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Softball - Tue, May 2, 2017

COSTA MESA, Calif. – In the double-elimination tournament the San Diego Christian softball team lost one game and won the next to stay alive in the GSAC Tournament hosted by Vanguard on Tuesday.

The Hawks lost the opening game to Hope International 3-0 but won the elimination game 1-0 over Menlo.

With the split, the Hawks move onto Day 2 of the tournament and will play HIU at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

In Game 1, both pitchers were dealing in the early going. SDC starter Kendra Kuper posted five scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. But the Royals got to her in the sixth. HIU started the inning with a triple, single and double to take a 2-0 lead. They later added another run for the third and final run of the game.

SDC threatened in the seventh with two runners on and the game-tying run at the plate. But Clarissa Valencia struck out swinging for the final out.

Kuper threw a complete game six innings and tallied nine strikeouts and six hits.

Game 2 was another pitcher's duel. Kuper was even better this time around and allowed just three hits to the Oaks to pick up the win and continue SDC's season.

The lone run of the game came in the fifth inning as Shelbianne Evans single to center field to score Chelsea Cantwell.

Kuper won her 22nd game of the season, good for eighth in the NAIA.