FULLERTON, Calif. – After dropping their first two games of the year on Tuesday, the Hawks Softball team got back on track as they swept Hope International University Saturday 4-1 and 2-0.
Game 1 starter Tucker improved to 4-1 on the season giving up two hits, a run, and tallied five strikeouts in the complete game.
Kuper started Game 2 to also improve to 4-1 as she pitched seven scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out one.
Hannah Romanski singled home Morgan McGee from second to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Royals answered right after with a run in the bottom of the inning with just two at bats in the inning.
After a scoreless second inning, SDC scored three runs in the top of the third. Tiffany Fox scored on a throwing error to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. Krystal Hoham singled two batters later to bring home Tucker. Savanna Baggett capped the scoring with a double to right center field to score Hoham.
The Royals looked to score in the fifth inning but left with the bases loaded as Tucker recorded a strikeout to end the inning. She didn't allow another hit in the last two innings for the Game 1 victory.
Fox and Hoham recorded two hits apiece.
All the scoring in Game 2 came in the top of the second inning. Fox and Gallegos scored off an error by the first baseman for the 2-0 lead. After the Hawks recorded three hits within the first two innings, HIU pitcher Kayla Klein allowed only three more the rest of the game. She struck out five in the complete game loss.
Kuper allowed a hit in the third and fifth inning and only four batters reached on base in the majestic pitching performance.
With the sweep, the Hawks improve to 8-2 on the season and 4-2 in conference play while the Royals fall to 9-13 overall and 1-5 in GSAC competitions.
The Hawks will welcome other GSAC member Arizona Christian on Tuesday for a double header before Simpson College comes to town on Wednesday for another double header. First pitch for both games start at 1 p.m. at the Santee Sportsplex.