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Hannah Howell hits a grand slam in game two against Biola
Softball - Sat, Apr. 13, 2013

No. 1-ranked Concordia hosted Biola on Saturday afternoon, April 13, in an overcast day at Eagles Field as the teams wrapped up their 2013 regular-season series.

In game one Concordia starter Katie Cotta (17-2) was dominant again, striking out 14 in seven innings, allowing only three hits, to pitch her ninth shutout of the year in the 7-0 win.  Jenna Jorgenson hit her ninth home run of the year and Shainna Groom hit her team-leading 10th, as they went back-to-back in the sixth.  Groom had a double and single as well for four RBI.  Annette Merjano had a double and single, and Chanele Dresser had two singles.  Concordia had 12 hits as a team, committing one error, and posted their 24th shutout in 42 games. 

Both teams were quiet until Concordia scored three in the bottom of the third.  Merjano doubled to right center to lead off, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a fielding error.  Chanele Dresser laid down a bunt single and Jorgenson walked to load the bags.  Groom doubled to right center to clear the bases.  After an error, Jasmin Dresser singled up the middle to make it 5-0 Concordia.  Concordia had three hits in the fourth and one hit in the fifth, loading the bases in both innings, but not scoring any runs.  Jorgenson and Groom hit back-to-back one-out homers to left field in the sixth to make it 7-0.  Cotta only allowed runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings.

In the nightcap, Courtney Young got the start, went six innings, allowed three hits, two unearned runs, with one K to improve to 13-1.  Hannah Howell hit her first career grand slam in the second inning, her fourth home run of the year, and Annette Merjano went deep in the fifth, her sixth of the year.  Morgan Reiter, Jorgenson, and Craig all had doubles, and Merjano and Bryana Simpson both had two-hit days.  Concordia scored an effective eight runs on nine hits.  Brittani McGue pitched a scoreless seventh for Concordia.

Young worked around a two-out double in the first and Craig doubled with one out in the second.  Merjano singled to right and Simpson singled to second base to score the first run.  After a walk to load the bases, Howell deposited a 1-0 pitch off the batting cages in left field to make it 5-0.  Two came across in the third for Biola as Concordia committed a two-out throwing error.  Concordia wasted a leadoff double by Jorgenson in the third, but Reiter pinch hit and led off the fifth with a double to right.  An error by Biola on a bunt allowed one run home and Merjano homered with two out to make it 8-2. 

Concordia improved to 40-3 and 14-0 in the GSAC, coach Rosenthal's fifth straight 40-win season in five years, and the sixth all-time.  Biola fell to 21-24 and 5-7 in conference.  Concordia celebrates Senior Day on Tuesday, April 16, with a doubleheader with Arizona Christian at 2 pm.  Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.