While no-hitters may be rare, a combined no-hitter in a 1-0 win is even more of an oddity. That odd circumstance became reality as Biola hosted Corban at Vanguard University on Wednesday and CeCe Luster and Reba DePriest closed the door on the Warriors hitters.
The tag team no-no came in game two of the Eagles' doubleheader sweep over Corban at the neutral site.
Luster got the start and went four strong innings. She allowed just two baserunners, via a walk and hit-by-pitch. In order to keep with routine, Head Coach Lorie Coleman brought in DePriest in the fifth inning, and she simply shut down any sign of offense from the Warriors. DePriest struck out four batters while giving up just one early baserunner with a walk.
The fantastic pitching was very much necessary as Biola struggled to score runs throughout the afternoon, with the second game proving no different.
"We were very slow at the plate today," said Coleman. "We didn't have the offense I was hoping we would have.
The Eagles' lone run in the game came in the bottom of the first off an Ashley Spadt double. It was Spadt's fourth double of the season that scored Bria Madrid to give the Eagles the only advantage they would need.
"Our pitching and defense combined to hold them down so all we needed was to get one more than them, and we did," said Coleman.
The early game was all about Biola getting runners into scoring position with sacrifice bunts and then being unable to push them across the plate. The Eagles had four sacrifice hits in the contest, but were unable to get anyone home until they had their backs against the wall in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Biola was fighting from behind throughout the early game, as the Warriors got to CeCe Luster in the early going. Corban manufactured its runs one at a time in each of the first two innings.
Luster found her sweet revenge with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game and took her off the hook for a potential loss. She would not have to worry about any loss though, as Celina Thornton followed her immediately with another single that scored Mackenzie Magro and earned Biola a one-run lead heading into the final frame.
"We knew we were running out of time so I pulled them together before the inning started. I told them, 'You know, I don't think we have it today. We need to go to the one who does,'" said Coleman. "We rolled up and held each others hands and asked God to give us what we just didn't have today. He did."
DePriest was in the circle for that final frame, and she ensured that the Warriors had no shot at a comeback by retiring three straight with a strikeout followed by two weak groundouts.
DePriest and Luster each tacked on a win to their season total as they continue to be one of the most dominant pitching duos in the NAIA. Biola improves to 17-3 overall after the two wins and opens its conference season on Saturday with a doubleheader against Arizona Christian.