By James Ritchey
Correspondent 

Softball 

23 March (Home) 

ERAU 10 – 2 Ottawa AZ 

The Eagles emerged victorious in just six innings over in-state rival Ottawa. Consistent offense late in the game marked ERAU’s solid performance. The first two innings were scoreless, but in the third inning, the Spirit scored their first run. ERAU responded when Elyssa Bramer hit a two-run homer to spark the home team offense. The next inning saw the Eagles again score two runs, this time on a ball deep to left, scoring two ERAU runners. OUAZ scored once more in the fifth, but again, the Eagles responded by scoring twice when  LiAnn Ruth hit a double. The Eagles were clearly dominant in the game, and capped it off in the sixth inning, when they scored four times. Ruth had three RBI, and pitcher Lani Kaleikini prevented the Spirit from scoring any earned runs.  

28 March (Home) 

ERAU 13 – 5, 7 – 2 San Diego Christian 

The Eagles continued a win streak after a doubleheader against San Diego Christian. In the first game, ERAU scored seven runs in the second inning to prevent and opposition momentum. The Hawks were unable to build much offense, scoring three in the third and two in the fifth, but ERAU responded with four more runs in the fifth and a final run in the sixth to end the game by eight-run rule. In the second game, the Eagles maintained their offensive capability. Going ahead 3-1 in the second inning, Eagle pitcher Lani Kaleikini ensured that the Eagles stayed ahead, with three strikeouts and only two earned runs. Bailey Critchlow had two RBIs on two hits in the win.  

29 March (Home) 

ERAU 2 – 6, 7 – 9 Simpson University 

The Eagles began a four-game home stand against the Redhawks of Simpson University with two consecutive losses. In the first game, Simpson got ahead quickly with a home run in the first inning to give themselves a 0-2 lead. However, the Eagles were only able to eke out two runs, and Simpson’s steady offense proved to be too much for the Eagles. In game two, the Eagles pushed ahead to a 6-1 lead in the second inning via a series of singles and a walk. However, the offense slowed after the second inning, and the Redhawks slowly came back to tie the game. Extra innings were forced, and the game ended up being decided in the ninth inning. Simpson scored three runs on a single hit in the ninth, and ERAU was only able to respond with one.  

30 March (Home) 

ERAU 0 – 9, 11 – 16 Simpson University 

The Eagles continued their series against Simpson, but found were still unable to come up with a win against the Redhawks. In game one, the Eagles did not start well, as Simpson scored seven runs in the first two innings, giving themselves the momentum to push for a win. They were held to just two more runs for the rest of the game, but it would prove to be enough to call the game in five innings due to the lack of ERAU offense. In game two, both sides exploded with offense. In the first inning, ERAU took a 2-1 lead when Bailey Critchlow hit a solo home run and Hannah Deluna scored off a Katey Moore single. However, the Redhawks responded with four runs each in the second and third innings, and three more in the fourth. The Eagles came back somewhat, going for three runs in the third and five in the fifth, but that left them still in a 10-12 deficit. Both teams scored once in the sixth, but Simpson was able to jump ahead with three runs in the final inning to cap their win. Hannah DeLuna had three RBI in game two, and Bailey Critchlow and Hailey Basye each had three hits.  

Golf 

25-27 March (Indio, CA) 

Desert Intercollegiate 

The ERAU Men’s Golf team traveled to inland California, as a team tying for eighth of 20 teams in the Desert Intercollegiate tournament. Matt Andrews led the Eagles with an overall 11th place finish with a tournament score of 236. Garret Hogan also finished in the top 20, tying for 19th with a score of 240. The Eagles will next compete at the CalPac Conference Championship tournament, hosted by Benedictine University at Mesa from April 8 – 10.  

26-27 March (Indio, CA) 

Bulldog Classic 

The ERAU Women’s Golf team put out a strong performance, winning first overall with a team score of just 608, besting the second-place Claremont Mudd Scripps by eight strokes. Jessica Williams took first overall individually, with an overall score of 146, including a tournament-best second round score of 69. Nicole Lopes was right behind her, earning second overall with a score of 147. Elle Carson tied for twelfth with a score of 156. This was the last tournament for the Eagles before the conference championship, where they will defend their CalPac title.  

Distance Track 

23 March (San Diego, CA) 

Aztec Invitational 

Both the Men’s and Women’s Distance Track teams travelled to the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State University in one of their final meets of the season. In the Women’s 5000 Meter Open, Eagle runners Rachel Chrisman and Emma Lewis placed third and fourth. In the Men’s 5000 Meter Open, Noah Kroeze earned third with a time of 16:13. Nicholas Hernandez and Matthew Siegel earned first and second place in the Men’s 3000 Meter Open race, with times of 9:05 and 9:11. Noah Kroeze placed fifth in the same race with a time of 9:26. In the unique event of Steeplechase, Lucas English placed sixth (10:14), followed closely by Andrew Petersen (10:15). The Eagles will finish their season with the Pomona-Pitzer invitation on April 7 and the Bryan Clay invitational on April 19-20.  

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