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Softball - Sat, Mar. 29, 2014

The No. 1 Concordia Eagles picked up a road GSAC sweep on Saturday afternoon, March 29, with a 2-1 and 4-0 win over Hope International in Fullerton, CA.

Brittani McGue (JR/Modesto, CA) improved to 17-1 in game one, allowing just two hits, giving up an unearned run, and striking out eight, one short of her career high.  Megan Feuerstein (SO/Huntington Beach, CA) hit her third home run of the year, Catirin Debaun doubled, and CU had five hits as a team, but the two runs were enough for McGue.  

Hope grabbed an early lead in the first, loading the bases with one out after two walks and an error.  Jorgenson gunned one at home on a groundout, but the first run scored on a wild pitch.  Feuerstein homered down the left field line with one out in the second to tie the game.  Debaun doubled to start the third, but was thrown out at home on Jorgenson's single.  Chanele Dresser (JR/Norwalk, CA) singled to lead off the fifth and another runner reached on an error.  Two straight walks brought in the go ahead run.  A single and wild pitch put a Royal runner on second in the sixth, but McGue struck the last batter out looking.  The Eagles left one on second in the seventh, and McGue worked around a single and walk in the seventh for the 2-1 win.

In game two Stevie Goldstein (JR/Garden Grove, CA) was equally as good, scattering three hits and working out of all jams.  She improved to 11-1 with five K's.  Annette Merjano (SR/Auburn, CA) broke the game open with a double, as the Eagles only recorded three hits, but like in game one, it was enough for Goldstein.

The first inning was quiet, and back-to-back walks put runners on for CU in the second, but the Eagles were unable to score.  Goldstein worked around a hit in the second, and the third was silent for both squads.  Feuerstein singled home a leadoff walk in the fourth for a 1-0 Eagle lead, and a double play ended the inning.  Goldstein forced a groundout to escape a ground-rule double in the fourth.  Rachel Prentice (SR/Upland, CA) singled to start the fifth, was sacrificed to second and the bases were loaded on two walks.  Annette Merjano cranked a two-out three-RBI double to left field to make it 4-0.  The Eagles turned a double play in the fifth and Goldstein sent them down 1-2-3 in the sixth.  Goldstein continued to thrive under pressure in the seventh, forcing two groundouts to waste an error and single. 

"Brittani McGue was effective in game one and Stevie Goldstein was dominant in the nightcap," Concordia head coach Crystal Rosenthal said.  "We hit the ball hard all day, but didn't score as many runs as we would have liked.  We are improving every day and look forward to having a great week of practice."

With the sweep, CU stayed on top the GSAC at 36-4 and 11-1 in conference.  HIU dropped to 12-20 and 2-10 in the GSAC.  Concordia returns home next week to face (RV) Vanguard at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 1 at Eagles Field.   Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#