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RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Pacific Lutheran University softball team closed its tour of the southern California with a sweep on Sunday afternoon, downing host La Sierra University 7-4 and 10-6.
"It was a great way to close out our trip," said Head Coach Brandi Gordon Bennett. "We're happy with where the team is but know we still have room to grow. We scored quite a few runs today but at the same time we left a lot of runner on base in both games."
The two team's traded jabs in the opener, both pushing across a run in the first inning. The Lutes (3-1) grabbed a 3-1 lead in the second off an Anna Overland single only to see the Golden Eagles (3-4-1) tied the contest with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. PLU turned the tide in the fourth inning, pumping out three hits and scoring four runs to seize the lead. La Sierra narrowed the gap with a single run in the sixth but was unable to come any closer.
Overland led the Lutes at the plate, finishing three-for-four with three RBIs while Becca Sorensen was two-for-three with a pair of RBIs.
Marissa Miller tallied the win, allowing just one earned run in four innings of work while La Sierra's Vanessa Froussine absorbed the loss, pitching four innings and striking out five while yielding seven earned runs.
In the nightcap, PLU exploded for nine runs over the final two innings to secure the doubleheader sweep. The Lutes grabbed the lead with four runs in the sixth, getting RBIs from Samantha Simundson, Annika Hildebrand, Sydney Taggart, and Jessica Wallace. Pacific Lutheran added five more runs in the seventh, including three off a Wallace home run blast.
Simundson finished the game three-for-five at the plate, scoring two runs while Wallace was two-for-four with four RBIs.
Taggart earned the start, pitching three innings and striking out one while yielding just one earned run. Taggart was one of three Lutes inside the circle in game two with Anna Lennox and Kat Enyeart both tossing two innings. Enyeart earned the win while Lennox collected the save.
"It was a great team effort all around this weekend. To go 5-1 for our first weekend outside shows how hard the players have been working. I'm excited to see where this team ends up down the stretch."
The Lutes return to the diamond on Feb. 18, making the short trip to Lacey, Washington for a twinbill against Division II Saint Martin's University.