Biola held Arizona Christian to just one run en route to their 18th and 19th wins of the season. The Eagles took game one in a shutout, 3-0, and allowed one homerun to the Firestorm in a 9-1 win that ended via the eight-run rule in the sixth inning.
Reba DePriest and Ashley Spadt had banner days for the Eagles, combining for five RBI, three runs scored and six hits.
Spadt was 4-for-7 on the day as she improved her team-leading batting average to .475. DePriest was 2-for-2 with a deep two-run homerun to straightaway center field in her at bat in the first game. She and Spadt were the only hitters to knock in runs in the first game.
DePriest now has reached base in each of her four at bats this season. She only has four at bats because she is, of course, better known for her work on the mound.
She was her usual self on Saturday, recording 10 strikeouts over her five innings pitched and picking up her second save of the season. She got the save in the first game, and she eclipsed 100 strikeouts in the season in the second contest. She sits at 102, tied for the most in the NAIA and just 74 away from Biola's single-season record.
"Reba hit her first collegiate homerun, which was fun," said Head Coach Lorie Coleman. "She also reached 100 strikeouts on the season, so she got to take home two balls today."
The Eagles' offense hit the laces off the ball on Saturday, picking up 19 hits over the two games. Surprisingly, the 19 hits is Biola's fourth-highest single-day total of the season. Their best single-day output was the 24 they notched in the season-opening series against Southern Oregon.
"We had been struggling with our extension so we have been trying to work on that," said Coleman. "We have been swinging short and out of the zone real quick, but we worked in between games on it. Obviously it showed when we hit a lot better in the second game."
Mackenzie Magro had a hit in each game to extend her hitting streak to nine games, the longest that Biola has had this season. She and Spadt have both now reached safely in 10 consecutive contests, also the longest such streak of the year.
"Ashley (Spadt) has been pretty consistent lately," said Coleman. "She is really being consistent with hitting lots of line drives. We moved her in the lineup and now she is coming up pretty clutch for us."
A rarity also occurred in the fourth inning of the second game. The Eagles scored their third of four runs in the inning when Coleman called for a steal of second base, and in the midst of the play Sarah Stromwall swiped home.
CeCe Luster threw well from the circle as she started both contests. She went eight innings on the afternoon and picked up two more wins to improve to 12-3 on the season. She had the strikeout pitch working in the first game, as she picked up four Ks to tie her third-highest output of the season.
Biola's wins improve the team to 19-3 (2-0 GSAC) and drop Arizona Christian to 5-9 (0-2 GSAC). The Eagles face a tough test in their next matchup, as they draw San Diego Christian on the road on Tuesday. The Hawks are currently a part of the three-way tie at the top of the GSAC with No. 1 Concordia and Biola.