The No. 1 Concordia Eagles opened GSAC play in 2014 with two wins on Saturday afternoon, March 8, over Hope International, 6-1 and 9-1 in five innings, at Eagles Field in Irvine, CA
In game one, it took some late runs by the Eagles, but they won comfortably 6-1. Brittani McGue (JR, Modesto, CA) improved to 10-0 for Concordia, scattering seven hits allowing only one run, with five K's in the game. Reliever Liz Gonzalez took the loss for Hope. Hannah Howell (SO, Citrus Heights, CA) and Megan Feuerstein (SO, Huntington Beach, CA) doubled for Concordia, and Emily Craig (SR, Long Beach, CA) led the day with three hits. Howell and Chanele Dresser (JR, Norwalk, CA) each had two hit days and Concordia recorded 10 knocks as a team.
Both teams stranded runners in the second, but Hope used two singles to score one in the third. The Eagles left runners on in the fourth and fifth, but Feuerstein hit a pinch-hit double with one out in the sixth. Dresser followed with a single and Howell hit a two-out single to right to tie the game. Craig singled up the middle to plate two more and Annette Merjano (SR, Auburn, CA) singled to right to make it 6-1. McGue put them down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
In game two Stevie Goldstein (JR, Garden Grove, CA) pitched five innings for Concordia, allowing three hits and one run, with three K's, to improve to 3-0. Caitrin Debaun (SR, Garden Grove, CA) hit a double and had three hits, and Hannah Howell had two hits.
The Royals opened the game with a double, which led to an early run. Debaun followed with a double in the bottom half, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a wild pitch. After a hit batter in the second, Debaun singled through the right side. Howell singled to right center to score both. The Eagles put six across in the third. Lauren Rodriguez (FR, Whittier, CA) singled up the middle to open the inning, and Rachel Prentice (SR, Upland, CA) and Dresser both singled. A walk brought one in, and Howell and Merjano both hit two-RBI singles. Jenna Jorgenson (SR, Laguna Niguel, CA) also brought in a run with a single to left. Goldstein allowed only one hit through the final two innings.
Concordia improved to 17-1 and 2-0 in the GSAC, three wins shy of the best start in school history. Hope dropped to 8-8 and 0-2 in conference. Concordia hosts La Sierra tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Eagles Field. Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.