Warriors sweep the Oaks on Senior Day

Jessup third in league standings
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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The William Jessup University softball team took the diamond for the last scheduled home games Saturday. The Warriors celebrated their graduating seniors, as they faced their biggest opponent and deciding matchup of the year – Menlo College.

A 1-0 advantage was a battle to the finish, as the Warriors took game one. But the Oaks fired back in game two tying it up five-all before an RBI-single sealed the sweep in a 6-5 victory.

With the pair of wins, Jessup moved to third place in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings, improving to 12-6 and 29-14 overall, with a pair of makeup games to go against Arizona Christian before the conference tournament. 

Starting strong, the Warriors opened play loading the bases against the visiting Oaks in the first inning. But the three were stranded as a quick two outs ended the inning.

Abbie Lewis and Shelbi Graifman got the rally started in the third inning, as both were pushed over to scoring position on a fielder's choice by Taya Ruiz. Jeno Ovens hit a rock to shortstop for an infield single and the only RBI of the game.
Another six runners were stranded through the end of the contest.

Graifman collected her 25th win of the season, pitching the complete seven innings allowing just six hits with five strikeouts.


The Oaks took the early lead, but the Warriors answered right back in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own to take the lead back, 3-1.
Senior Corina Salinas  reach on an error by the Oaks to start things off and Lewis would follow with a single. The two runners moved over for Graifman, who was walked.

With bases loaded, Natalie Basaldua reached on an error, as two runs crossed the plate. Ovens’ double pushed across the final run of the inning for the 3-1 advantage.
The Warriors extended the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the second, complements of Graifman’s two-RBI single to bring in Scott and Salinas. 

But the Oaks battled back in the inning to follow with four runs on six hits and a Warrior error, heading into the midway point all tied up, 5-5.

The winning run would came in the bottom of the fifth, as Lewis singled and made her way to second on her 30th stolen base of the season. She was pushed over to third on a fielder's choice by Basaldua. Ruiz hit a single to left field, bringing in Lewis as the Warriors took their final lead for the sweep 6-5.

Graifman (26-11) again went the distance for another win. The Warriors tightened their hold on the third seed in the conference, as they await the makeup games with ACU. WJU is just one game away from tying the program record for most wins in a season.