SEASIDE, Calif. -- California Baptist came out ready to battle and walked away with a 10-4 victory against Sonoma State -- CBU's first NCAA postseason win.
“We were ready to play,” London Miller, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and six more batted in, said. “We came out hungry and had our mind sets on our goal."
Belinda Renne (27-6) set the tone from the first inning, striking out three batters to end the inning unscathed.
While CBU kept quiet for its first appearance at the plate, the Lancers came alive in the second thanks to London Miller’s big bat. The freshman knocked her first of three home runs to lead off the bottom of the second, sparking a three-run frame.
Rachel Meyer also blasted a long ball in the frame, sending it sailing over the right field fence to score herself and Jacque Lopez—making it the 12th game CBU has hit multiple home runs in a single game.
Renne and her defense held resolute to send the Lancers back on offense in the third. Marshean August walked to lead the inning off and moved to third on a Krista Mann single to right. Savannah Miller sent a base hit through the left side to score August and with no outs, her sister blasted her second homer of the day to put CBU in front 7-0.
The Seawolves responded in the next half inning, scoring three runs to put the score at 7-3, but the Lancers were unfazed.
After getting on first, Jordan Mowatt hustled all the way home off a deep double to left from August, adding to the Lancers’ tally. SSU threatened to end the frame with two outs, but London Miller kept her bat hot and drilled a shot over center to put CBU in front 10-3.
Desperate for runs, the Seawolves scored a run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to come out of the hole as Mowatt grabbed the third out to win the game.