COSTA MESA, Calif. – After a 19-day layoff with wet weather being the culprit, the San Diego Christian softball team swept (RV) Vanguard University 3-2 in Game 1 and 6-3 in Game 2 to win its first-ever GSAC games and to start off the inaugural season 4-0.
The Hawks were down early in the Game 1 as the Lions scored their two runs off Tucker in the bottom of the first. Vanguard looked to score more runs in the inning but was retired with the bases loaded.
After four scoreless innings, the Hawks finally broke the scoreboard in the top of the sixth with three runs in the inning. Autumne Gallegos led off the inning with a walk followed by a single by Tiffany Fox. Morgan McGee then hit a single through the right side to bring home Gallegos to cut the deficit to one. Hannah Romanski singled through the right side as well but this time brought home two, scoring McGee and Fox as SDC now led 3-2.
Tucker worked a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to secure the win. The Hawks tallied six hits in the win.
In Game 2, it was the Hawks who cracked the scoreboard first with four runs in the second. With the bases loaded, Fox doubled down the left field line for 3 RBI. Tucker then singled home Fox for the 4-0 lead.
The Lions responded with three runs in the bottom of the third to shrink SDC's lead to 4-3.
In the fifth, Morgan Wheeler scored off a wild pitch and to increase the Hawks lead to 5-3. SDC ended the scoring in the sixth after McGee singled home Fox after she started off the inning with a triple. Fox finished Game 2 going 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and three runs.
Tucker retired the Lions in order to earn her first save of the season. Kendra Kuper started off the game going four innings allowing seven hits and three runs. She improved to 2-0 on the season as well.
The Hawks have a busy week starting on Monday as the host Occidental College for two games on Monday and host Biola for two GSAC games on Tuesday. SDC then hits the road for two games at Hope International University on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday.