The Carroll College women's softball team opened the season with an 8-0, six-inning win over Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Thursday at the So Cal Classic in Southern California.
The Saints fell in their second game of the day, however, 11-1 in five innings to Marymount California. They then faced Vanguard to cap off their busy season opener, but the game was not concluded by press time.
In the opener, Courtney Cloud, Allison Bayer and Ashley Davis all tallied two RBIs, and Tess Eaton allowed just three hits in a complete-game shutout to earn the victory.
Carroll tallied nine hits, and 15 players went to the plate for the Saints.
The Saints scored a pair of runs in the first inning with a Bayer single that scored Cloud and Tianna Sell.
Neither team scored until the fourth inning when Carroll went on a two-out rally to score three runs.
The Saints added another three in the sixth inning. After a double by Davis to score Jadeen Sakauye and Lillian Larson before Megan Gipe singled to drive in Allison Williams for the walk off, run-rule single.
The game marked the first time the Saints have had any time on grass this season.
Against Marymount, Carroll struggled to get the offense going. After a scoreless first inning, a series of Carroll miscues in the second -- including a wild pitch and an error -- allowed Marymount to pule up five two-out runs. It would add five more runs before Carroll managed to get one across to avoid the shutout in the bottom of the fifth. That score came with a Larsen RBI single, scoring Broke Yarnall.
The Saints were to play a pair of games Friday -- against La Sierra and Arizona Christian -- but all of the day's games have been canceled because expected inclement weather.