No. 11 Bulldog Softball Struggles against No. 8 Concordia Irvine
The No. 11 University of Redlands softball team endured a tough showing against the NAIA's No. 8 Concordia University - Irvine Eagles on Sunday at the "Field of Dreams," falling by scores of 1-17 and 3-7 in the non-conference doubleheader.
The Bulldogs struggled offensively in game one while the Eagles enjoyed a stellar day at the plate. Redlands' biggest bright spot came on another solo shot by sophomore outfielder Amanda Lievanos (Anaheim, CA) in the bottom of the third inning, marking her second home run so far this season.
During the nightcap, the Eagles initiated the scoring with a two-run effort in the first inning. But Redlands rallied back with an unearned run to pull within one. Sophomore short stop Amanda Clark (Riverside, CA) led off with a hit by pitch and advanced to second on a well-placed sacrifice bunt by sophomore left fielder Janelle Carrasco (Whittier, CA). Clark then advanced to third on an Eagle error before coming home on a wild pitch.
After Concordia plated single runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, the Maroon and Gray put up two scores in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-4. After senior first baseman Rikki Scates (Redlands, CA) doubled as the lead-off hitter, Clark traded places with her for a run with two outs. Carrasco moved Clark to third on a single to left field before junior center fielder Sarah Beeman (Corona, CA) singled up the middle to score Clark.
However, the comeback rally stopped there as the Eagles eventually tacked on three more runs to finish the game.
Overall, Clark led the Bulldog offense with three hits, two runs and one RBI on the day.
The Bulldogs (0-4) look to rebound on the road when they face Cal Lutheran University on Sat., Feb. 11, in their opening Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 12 noon.