LA MIRADA, Calif. – Vanguard moved away from home for the first time this year to take part in the 2017 NAIA So. Cal Classic hosted in conjunction by Biola University and Triple Crown Sports. Due to the incoming rain, day one events were shifted from Big League Dreams to Biola's campus. Vanguard (3-2) was pitted against Embry Riddle and Southern Oregon (RV), ending the day with one loss and one win and a narrow 9-7 combined scoring edge.
Vanguard 8, Embry-Riddle 0
The tournament started off with a bang as the Lions blasted Embry-Riddle to the tune of six runs in their first trip to the plate. All six of the runs were scored with one or more outs punched in the inning and the Blue and Gold went completely through the order as Taylor Wilson (SR/Modesto, CA) was the first to bat and Summer Penner (SR/Anaheim, CA), slotted second in the batting order, recorded the third out. In between the Lions sandwiched six hits and six runs taking advantage of two errors by the Eagles. Then after each side put up blanks for the next few frames the Pride came up to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning. If they could manage two runs the contest would end early. They did just that as Mia Palomino (FR/Anaheim, CA) pushed one across the plate with her swing and Lindsey Gilmore (SO/Caruthers, CA) recorded the final run needed. Vanessa Dwyer (FR/Temple City, CA) tossed all five innings and only allowed four hits but no runs in the process. Wilson and Payton Ross (JR/Hughson, CA) led the way going 2-3 on the day while Penner and Ross tied for a team high two runs scored. Amber Huffman (SO/San Diego, CA) posted a team high two runs batted in.
Southern Oregon 7, Vanguard 1
As slanted as the opening game was in the favor of the Pride, the second game was just as opposite. Southern Oregon hit the board first and by the end of 1.5 innings they held a 4-0 advantage. The lone run of the game for Vanguard came in the second inning as Britany Heinle (JR/Stockton, CA), who reached on a double to right center field, was pushed home on a single by Palomino. More damage could have been done in the inning, but the third out was recorded with the bases loaded. The gap was pushed out of reach as SOU scored another trio of runs in the fifth inning. Kolbi Tonini (SO/Reno, NV) lasted 1.2 innings before being replaced by Courtney Thornhill (FR/Hughson,CA). Tonini gave up four runs off five hits while Thornhill succumbed three runs off seven hits. The team did not record any strikeouts. At the plate, no Lion recorded more than one hit as all five knocks were tagged by different players.
Next Game: Thursday, February 16th at 12:00 p.m. against #19 Oregon Institute of Technology