WWU drops first three games at Best of the West Invitational
Feb. 4, 2012
TURLOCK, Calif. - Making its earliest start in the 20-year history of the program, Western Washington University opened the 2012 season by losing all three games Friday in first-day action at the Best of the West Invitational.
The Vikings fell 4-1 to San Francisco State, then were blanked 8-0 in five innings by nationally No.15-ranked Chico State, and lost 9-3 to Cal State Monterey Bay.
Outfielder Meghan Carrillo (So., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) led WWU with four hits in the three games, one a double, in nine at bats for a .444 batting average.
In all, WWU was outscored, 21-4, with its pitchers walking 15 and not striking out a batter.
WWU managed just one run against San Francisco State, that on a double by outfielder Jessica Carey (Sr., Everett) in the fifth inning.
The Gators' Marisa Ibarra pitched a complete-game victory, scattering six hits.
SFSU had nine hits, two each by Heather Jensen, Jordan Brenner, Torrey Rook and Jenna Robertson.
A two-run single by Kylie Herrada in the fourth put the Gators ahead 3-0.
Chico State scored three runs in the first, four in the third and one in the fifth, the contest ended by the eight-run mercy rule.
Wildcats' pitcher Jessica McDermott allowed just three hits, all singles, in getting the win.
Samantha Quadt drove in five runs, having a three-run single in the first and a two-run double in the third. Both hits came with two outs.
CSUMB broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with two runs on a double by Nina Villanueva. The Otters added four more in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Villanueva and Jamie Moon each had two hits and drove in three runs for CSUMB.
Pitcher Kylie Linnane went the distance for the Otters, striking out seven.
WWU meets Humboldt State at 10 a.m. and Cal State Dominguez Hills at 12:15 p.m. in final-day tourney action Saturday.
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