LA MIRADA, Calif. --- The Eagles asserted their dominance over another foe on Friday afternoon with a clean sweep over the Menlo Oaks.
When it works, it works. The Biola softball offensive and pitching gameplan through the first quarter of its season is most definitely working. The Eagles took game one 4-1, and followed with a 5-1 victory in the later half of the doubleheader, a game that was called after six innings due to darkness.
With the wins, the Eagles extend their season-opening winning streak to seven games. They have allowed one run or fewer in each of the seven games they have played.
There was no shortage of offense in either game for Biola, despite the fact that they are coming off a weekend that saw them lose out on seven scheduled games due to rain.
The Oaks got on the board first in the early game, singling home a run in the second inning. After that, the Eagles' deadly duo of CeCe Luster and Reba DePriest shut them down completely for the remainder of the contest as Biola's bats went to work.
Kasey Hormel, Heather Hall and Sarah Stromwall each picked up two hits in the Eagles' 4-1 win, also combining for two RBI and two runs scored.
Biola scored one run in the fourth inning, before blowing it open and winning the game with three runs in the fifth.
The inning got off to a solid start when the leadoff batter, Stromwall, blasted a deep homerun to nearly-straightaway center field. A Hormel double and Vanessa Coleman single plated the rest of the Eagles runs in the contest.
DePriest and Luster again delivered shutdown performances in game two, holding the Oaks to just three hits over their 5.1 innings pitched. The two starters are now 7-0 on the season with a combined 0.45 ERA.
The Eagles put up five runs in the second contest on just five hits. The scoring output was aided by a very long homerun off the bat of Hall. She pulled a pitch from Jiana Bowie in the first inning and hit it straight into the top of the scoreboard over the left-field wall.
It was Hall's first big fly of the season, but her third extra-base hit and fourth and fifth RBI. She set the pace for the Eagles' offense, but putting them out to a quick 2-0 advantage.
Ashley Spadt singled up the middle in the fifth inning to score a run, and was then knocked home by a deep Stromwall double. Stromwall's two-RBI game now makes her just one RBI off the team lead.
Biola moves to 7-0 with the Valentine's Day sweep, and they drop Menlo to just 1-5. The Eagles' schedule continues tomorrow with a doubleheader at Azusa Pacific.