Biola’s softball team made the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) postseason for the first time since 2002, but was knocked out following a loss in the opening round championship game against Reinhardt. The team ended the season with an overall record of 36–14, good enough for second in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Reba DePriest led the way for Biola, winning GSAC Pitcher of the Year in her first season for the Eagles. She broke the program’s single-season record for strikeouts (233) and earned All-American second team honors. DePriest was also one of Biola’s four all-conference student-athletes, along with Heather Hall, CeCe Luster and Brooke Madrid.
The men’s baseball team had a rebuilding year that started with a few unfortunate physical setbacks. The Eagles finished with 15–39 record, including an 11–25 conference mark. The season began to turn around as it came to an end, as four of Biola’s 11 conference victories came in its final 10 games. Boone Farrington had a standout season, leading the team at the plate with a .335 batting average. His double-digit doubles were good enough for second on the team, while his 24 RBIs placed him third on the squad. He was joined on the All-GSAC team by David McNeill.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams had strong seasons, compiling more combined wins than they have ever had since men’s tennis resurfaced in 2007. The highlight of the season went to Kathryn Ashford, who became Biola’s first tennis All-American since 2004. She and Lucas Lee were the Eagles’ only All-GSAC representatives from tennis. The women’s team finished with a 7–17 overall record and a 2–8 conference mark. The men’s squad put together a 9–16 campaign and played .500 tennis for a large chunk of the season. Brandon Chang and Luke Mountain became the first Biola men’s tennis players in this new era to win double-digit singles matches, with 12 and 11, respectively.
Outdoor Track and Field
Biola sent eight representatives to the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May and came away with a 23rd place finish on the women’s side. Kevin Horchler was the only male to compete for the Eagles, so the men’s team could not post a team finish. Alexandra Sciarra led the way by competing in two individual events and one relay, taking home All-American honors in all three. She upped her career All-American tally to 10, making her just the second Biola track and field athlete with double-digit All-American honors. The Eagles ended the season with seven total All-American efforts. In addition to Sciarra’s three, Lyndee Dawson earned two, and Brooke Arvidson and Anika Gasner each earned one.
Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Biola is back among the top 10 percent of all the NAIA schools in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup rankings. The Eagles finished 18th out of 189 eligible programs in the annual rankings, which determine the best overall intercollegiate athletics programs in the country based on finishes at sponsored national championships and in the final coaches’ polls. Biola had finished among the top 20 schools for four consecutive seasons before falling just outside the mark last season, but it got back on track thanks to solid national finishes from volleyball, men’s soccer, cross country, track and field, swimming and diving, and softball. Four GSAC programs placed inside the top 20 in the nation.