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Softball - Fri, Mar. 14, 2014

COSTA MESA, Calif. - William Jessup, future member of the Golden State Athletic Conference, got a dose of Vanguard Athletics on Friday, falling to the Lions 1-0 and 9-4 in a non-conference softball doubleheader. Brittney Boggs and Brittany Colenzo led the Blue and Gold's offense with four hits apiece on the day.

The winning pitchers against the Warriors were Rachel Stalford (7-2) and Taylor Doyle (5-2).

Stalford started the opener and tossed a superb game to notch the complete game three-hitter for The Pride. She struck out eight and walked no one through seven innings.

William Jessup's Kindra Ryals allowed just four Vanguard hits in game one but took the loss for the Warriors after a Breanne Gomez sacrifice fly saw the Lions take a 1-0 lead in the third frame.

Colenzo tallied two of the Lions four knocks in the contest, while Taylor Wilson and Boggs recorded the remaining two.

Emily Russell earned the start in the nightcap but was relieved after 3.1 innings. Russell held William Jessup scoreless for three frames, but the Warriors began to warm up in the fourth, where head coach Beth Renkoski brought the experienced Doyle into the competition.

Vanguard trailed William Jessup 4-2 after the top of the fourth, but rallied to score four runs of its own off of three knocks in the bottom of the inning to secure a 6-4 edge.

Doyle and the Lions' defense did not allow the Warriors to score another run in the game, but Vanguard managed two additional runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to extend the final margin to five runs (9-5).

Taylor Hallahan and Boggs went 3-for-5 and 3-for-4, respectively, in the nightcap. Boggs was the game's RBI leader, with two, while Wilson amassed a contest-best three runs scored to go along with her two-for-four outing.

Colenzo added two more knocks to her tally in the Lions' second game to finish the day at 4-for-7 with an RBI.

Lauryn Cooper, known for her uncanny ability to reach base by being hit by pitches, was tagged once again in the nightcap. She leads Vanguard with seven HBP on the season.

Vanguard travels to Biola on Saturday for a noon Golden State Athletic Conference DH with the Eagles. The team returns home on Monday for a pair of nonconference games versus Simpson University.