REDDING, Calif. - The Benedictine University at Mesa softball team saw their season end on Thursday, as they fell twice in the double elimination California Pacific Conference Tournament, falling 6-3 to Marymount California and 11-1 to La Sierra in five innings up at Simpson University.
The Redhawks started off the day with a promising first two innings against the Mariners. They got on the board in the first inning thanks to an RBI single from Morgan Brown that plated Dayton Yingling to give them a 1-0 lead.
But the Mariners responded with six unanswered runs, including two-run frames in the third and the fifth innings to give themselves a 6-1 lead.
It wasn't as though the Redhawks didn't have their chances, however, outhitting Marymount 12-9 on the game, they just couldn't get the key hits to drive in runs, as they left runners in scoring position in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
BenU at Mesa was able to put two on the board in the seventh inning, getting an RBI single from Cierra Taylor and an RBI double from McKenzie Turman to cut the lead to 6-3. But the Redhawks couldn't tie up the game.
Heather O'Kelly had three hits in the game, while Taylor, Turman, Taylor Clinkaberry and Lina Barrera each had two hits in the Game 1 loss.
BenU at Mesa was unable to right the ship in the elimination game against the Golden Eagles, allowing nine runs in the top of the first inning to La Sierra. Heather O'Kelly would score a run in the first inning thanks to some errors, but the Redhawks could only muster three hits the entire game.
BenU at Mesa finishes their second season with a 23-24 overall record, a four-win improvement over last season's squad and will return a good amount of their starting lineup next season. Five seniors will graduate from the program in Peyton Garner, Shelby Fisher, Madison Haga, Amber Hollowood and Kiley Eskridge.