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Splittin' Dixie
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 03/22/2013
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University bounced back from a tough opener Friday night to steal a split with Dixie State.

CBU fell 9-1 in six innings to start the night, then came back and took the nightcap 4-2 behind a great comeback pitching performance from Jessica Avila.

After taking the loss in the opener, giving up four earned runs on five hits, Avila through a complete game in the victory to move to 10-5 on the season.

“The girls did a great job not getting down and letting that first game affect them,” said CBU Head Coach Bill Baber. “I have to hand it to Jess. We told her she needed to let that first one go and forget about it and that’s just what she did. She came out and gave us a great performance when we needed it.”

After being held quiet early, CBU got timely hits from Savannah Miller and Rachel Meyer to push across four runs in the late game.

Miller drove in a pair in the first inning on a double to left center and then Rachel Meyer hit a blast to straight away centerfield in the third to score two more.

Dixie State scored a pair in the fifth, but couldn’t come up with any more as Avila worked her way out of a bases loaded jam in the inning.

“We finally got the hits we needed and got to them early in the late one,” said Baber. “We could have scored more, but left quite a few runners on base, too. They’re a tough team, though, and it’s great to get the win.”

Johnna Brown and Anna Cue led the offensive attack for Dixie State in the opener, each hitting a pair of home runs. The Red Storm scored their nine runs on five homers and 12 total hits.

Michelle Duncan gave up just three hits and one runs to the Lancers to take the first game win.

CBU moves to 15-12 overall, 9-9 PacWest with the split and Dixie State moves to 24-8, 15-4.

The Lancers and Red Storm will back in action for another doubleheader tomorrow at 12 p.m.

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