LA MIRADA, Calif. --- Biola's offense worked close to perfection and benefitted from a combined seven errors by ERAU on Tuesday afternoon as it completed a doubleheader sweep of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at home.
The Eagles earned an 8-0 lead through five innings of play in game one to get the game called early, and put up a five spot on the visiting team in the nightcap, surrendering just two runs to them all day long.
CeCe Luster went the distance in the first game, looking dominant as she pitched to five shutout innings. Her outing helped her improve to 5-2 on the season as she lowered her ERA to 1.25.
Reba DePriest got the win in the second game after relieving first-time starter Shelby Jacobsen. DePriest went six innings and racked up four strikeouts, but saw her scoreless innings streak snapped at 30.1. She retired 18 of the 24 batters she faced, and worked her way out of jams in the second and fourth innings.
"We met our goals today," said Head Coach Lorie Coleman. "We would have liked to have better pitch selection, but other than that we executed when we needed to."
Biola's execution was swift and ruthless in the first game, which came in a just seconds over one hour. They were aided to the eight-run victory by a six-run fourth inning.
ERAU errors aided in the Eagles' ability to put up runs in the inning, as they committed two, hit one batter and threw a wild pitch.
The four runs came in courtesy of singles by Vanessa Coleman and Celina Thornton, and a triple by CeCe Luster. An unearned run also crossed the dish when Bria Madrid popped up to left field, but the fielder let the ball pop out of her glove.
Thornton added another RBI single the very next inning to seal the eight-run advantage and get Biola off the field to prepare for game two.
"I like it when it is a team effort and there are no superstars," said Coleman.
It was a team effort by both sides in both games, as Biola got hits from nine different players and ERAU committed seven errors on the afternoon.
Embry-Riddle got off to a quick start in game two, scoring the first run of the game in the second inning to put Biola at an immediate disadvantage.
The difference did not last long though, as ERAU committed all four of its game two errors in the bottom half of the second inning and helped the Eagles take a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Both sides tacked on other runs in the fourth inning to get the game to its eventual final of 5-2. Sarah Stromwall was the only Eagle to have multiple hits in the second game, likely because most of Biola's offensive opportunities turned into errors.
Luster tacked on a hit in the nightcap to improve her streak of reaching base to 11 consecutive games to start the season.
Biola improved to 9-2 with the sweep and ERAU dropped to 1-10.
The Eagles return to the diamond on Saturday for an important doubleheader against No. 8 Cal State San Marcos (10-2). Games begin at noon and live stats can be found here.