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William Jessup ends runner-up softball season in style

Future looking good for Warriors
By: Staff Report
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IRVINE _ The season ended for the William Jessup University womens softball team at the Golden State Athletic Conference/California Pacific Conference Regional Tournament this past weekend but not before the Warriors made a lasting impression. After an opening win, the red-white-and-blue had to defeat No. 1 seed Concordia University but it didn?t happen. Needing three wins to advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Softball National Tournament was an order too tall as Azusa Pacific University eliminated the Warrior with a 6-0 victory, Saturday. CalPac Player of the Year Mallory Blodgett doubled in the game but that?s about as good as it got. William Jessup ended the season with five hits. Andrea Lutz took the loss as starting pitcher. Against No. 1 seed Concordia University, the Eagles jumped on the Warriors 2-0 in the first inning and never looked back. Freshman Emily Buhrkuhl picked up the loss and was relieved by junior Andrea Lutz. Senior Sara Jones solo home run in the fifth inning was the only bright spot at the plate. WJU opened the tournament with an 8-0 win over Vanguard University. Buhrkuhl got the win on six hits and three strikeouts for the complete game shutout. At the plate, freshman Brittany Lamar got things off to a good start with a first inning two-run home run. Senior Cassie Emerson helped extend the lead in the third inning with a three-run blast. Blodgett finished the game 2-for-3 with two stolen bases. The Warriors also defeated Hope International University with a thrilling 4-3 victory. HIU scored two runs in the seventh to tie the game, but William Jessup went on to win when freshman Courtney Olsen-Werling singled in fellow freshman Stephanie Rodriguez for the winning run. Junior Breihanna Castilleja went 2-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Rodriguez singled and scored, while Blodgett went 2-3 with an RBI. Buhrkuhl got the win giving up only three runs on 11 hits. She had three strikeouts. William Jessup finished 25-18 overall and 10-5 in conference. Concordia defeated Azusa Pacific to claim the championship. Track and Field SACRAMENTO _ William Jessup finished their 2012 track season Saturday afternoon at Hornet Stadium at the Sacramento State Open. MEN 400-meters ? Micah Hays, 7th, 53.62. 1500m ? Wayne Smith, 18th, 4:16.63, David Cummings 20th, 4:17.88, Thomas McAtee 25th, 4:36.81 and Bentley Nunes 27th, 4:39.61. 5000m ? Ben Burchett 7th, 16:08.46, Anthony Villarreal 14th, 17:13.95 and Jaime Chavez-Navarro 16th, 19:08.63. Long Jump ? Nate Ellis 9th, 20 feet 8 inches. Triple Jump ? Ellis 5th, 42-9 ½. WOMEN 100m ? Emily Fernandez 14th, 14.03. 800m ? Christina Malek 14th, 2:42.75. 1500m ? Alyssa Amack 14th, 5:20.61, Melissa Copley 17th, 5:34.79 and Megan Crutchfield 20th, 6:01.78. 5000m ? Nazareth Arzate 12th, 23:52.18 and Andrea DeVries 13th, 24:43.39. Shot Put ? Lindsey Cesena 3rd, 34-7 ¾. Reporting by Jeff Bussell/William Jessup Sports Information Director 2012 California Pacific Conference Softball All Conference Team William Jessup University Mallory Blodgett ? Player of the Year Brittany Lamar ? Freshman of the Year Casey Lucas ? Newcomer of the Year First Team ? Mallory Blodgett, junior infielder, Folsom; Brittany Lamar, freshman catcher, Manteca. Second Team ? Breihanna Castilleja, junior utility player, Modesto; Casey Lucas, junior infielder, Newport Beach; Stephanie Rodriguez, freshman infielder, Gilroy.