For the first time in program history, the No. 1 Concordia Eagles played the San Diego Christian Hawks in softball on Saturday, March 22. 2014 marks the first year of the Hawks program. Stevie Goldstein (JR/Garden Grove, CA) stole the day in game two, throwing her first career no-hitter in a five-inning game. She is the second Eagle to throw a no-no this season (Susana Gurney (SO/Cypress, CA)). The Eagles won game one, 7-1.
In game one, Brittani McGue (JR/Modesto, CA) was back in form, going the distance, scattering three hits, one run, with four K's to improve to 16-1. Jenna Jorgenson (SR/Laguna Niguel, CA), Annette Merjano (SR/Auburn, CA), Emily Craig (SR/Long Beach, CA), and Hannah Howell (SO/Citrus Heights, CA) all hit doubles, and were accountable for the majority of the RBI. Merjano and Craig had multi-hit days and Concordia had eight hits and no errors in the game.
Merjano doubled to lead off the second and was sacrificed to third. Howell then doubled down the left field line to plate her. Howell stole third and came home on the bad throw from the catcher. SDCC hit a solo shot with one out in the fourth for their lone run of the game. Merjano singled with one out in the fourth and Craig doubled after her. Kristen Shiotani (SO/Poway, CA) singled to score one. A walk and hit batter put two on for Concordia in the fifth. Jorgenson doubled to score one and another scored on a fielder's choice as the runner was safe at the play at home. Craig singled up the middle to make it 7-1. McGue only allowed one hit in the final two innings.
Goldstein was an error short of a perfect game. She struck out just one, as the Eagle defense was close to perfect behind her. Annette Merjano hit a grand slam to open the day and Howell also homered. Howell was the only Eagle with multiple hits, but the top six batters in the order all had hits.
Caitrin Debaun (SR/Garden Grove, CA), Shiotani, and Jorgenson singled in succession to open the game. Merjano followed with a grand slam to left center, her 10th long ball of the year. After a walk and fly out, Howell then homered to straight away center to make it 6-0. Two walks put runners on in the second, and Merjano hit a sac fly for another run. Craig singled to make it 8-0 and Prentice singled home the ninth run. Both teams went quiet from there, but the Eagles had more than enough runs for Goldstein as she went to 10-1.
Concordia ended the day 32-4 and 9-1 in the GSAC, while SDCC dropped to 10-6 and 7-3 in conference. Concordia heads out on the road next week, starting with starting with Antelope Valley at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 25.