Feb. 13, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -
A school record tying three home runs and three-hit pitching propelled Western Washington University to an 8-1 victory over Dixie State UT in final-day action Sunday at the second annual Desert Stinger Softball Tournament at Majestic Park.
The Vikings tied Augustana SD for the tourney title, both teams going undefeated in five games. The 5-0 start is a school first for Western.
The Vikings asserted themselves early against Dixie State, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. The big hits were a two-run double by Krista Bickar (Jr., Hoquiam) and a three-run homer by Brooke Rychard (Fr., Kirkland/Juanita),
In the sixth, Jessica Carey (So., Everett) and Meghan Carrillo (Fr., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) hit back-to-back home runs.
Erika Quint (Sr., Silverdale/Central Kitsap) pitched the first five innings for Western, striking out eight and allowing just two singles as she was credited with her fourth victory.
Erika Hendron (So., Redmond) worked the last two frames, giving up a run in the sixth before retiring the last five batters she faced.
Carrillo, Carey, Cailin Dotlich (Sr., Sedro-Woolley/Burlington-Edison) and Michelle Wrigley (Sr., Bothell/Inglemoor) each had two hits for the Vikings.
Carrillo hit .727 (8-for-11) in the three-day tournament. Her slugging percentage was 1.455 as she had five extra-base hits with three doubles, one triple and a home run; driving in seven runs and scoring four.
Wrigley batted .438 (7-for-16) and scored seven runs, and Carey hit .400 (6-for-15), scoring nine runs and having six runs batted in. Carey also was 4-for-4 in steals.
Quint had a 2.00 earned run average, striking out 33 in 21 innings pitched.
Western hit .310 (44-for-142) as a team with 12 doubles and six home runs. It opened the tourney Friday with wins over Notre Dame de Namur CA, 15-3, and Academy of Art CA, 6-2, and Saturday posted victories over Hawaii Hilo, 3-2, and Chadron State NE, 9-4.
The Vikings next play on Feb. 25 and 26, beginning Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at home with doubleheaders against Northwest Nazarene University.
Desert Stinger Continues Success; All-Tournament Announced
BILLINGS, Mont. - For the second consecutive year, the weather cooperated and the softball action was fun and intense at the MSUB Desert Stinger in Las Vegas. In just the second year of existence, the tournament grew from 16 teams to a record number of 24 teams, making it the largest NCAA Division II softball tournament in the country hosted by one school.
Just like last year, every team once again walked away from Majestic Park with at least one victory under their belt. Two teams finished the tournament with an unblemished record as Augustana College (SD) and Western Washington University both went 5-0. Augustana was crowned the tournament champions with a run differential of +32, while WWU had a differential of +25.
The Vikings of Augustana were the only returning team from a year ago to again go undefeated, improving their MSUB Desert Stinger record to 10-0. Last season the Vikings finished runner-up with the tiebreaker rule as Grand Canyon University took home the crown in 2010.
The eight conferences in attendance, half were represented by more than one team. The Northern Sun Conference had three teams combine to go 9-6 (.600), the Pac-West was 14-11 (.560) with five, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference was 14-16 (.466) with six, and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference went 11-19 (.366) with six teams.
The Heartland Conference (Saint Edward's) and the Great Lakes Valley (Lewis University) each saw their teams go 4-1 in the tournament. The CCAA (Humboldt State) saw its team go 3-2, while the Dakota Athletic Conference (Minot State) went 1-4.
Augustana also boasted the tournament's Most Valuable Player in pitcher Ashley Meyer. In two games, Meyer dominated and baffled opposing hitters, recording a 0.00 ERA as they hit a measly .143 against her. Meyer's two-game shutouts came in 10.0 innings of work, as the Vikings eight run ruled both opponents, and had just five hits against her with two walks and 12 strikeouts.
In all, 36 players were named to the all-tournament team with 10 players apiece being named to the first and second teams and the rest named honorable mention.
For the pitchers, Meyer led the way after her performances, but Erika Quint of Western Washington was voted to the second team after going 4-0 in two starts with a 2.00 ERA and 33 strikeouts. Opponents batted .197 with six runs and 15 hits against her. Taking honorable mention honors was Sarah Lindquist from Adams State. She was 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in 16.0 innings of work as opponents batted .246.
The catcher were led by Augustana's Elizabeth Murray who batted .571, going 8-of-14 with seven runs and nine RBI. She had four extra-base hits, including a double, a triple and two home runs. She slugged 1.000 for the tournament and had an on base percentage of .667. Taking second teams honors was Hannah Jones of Upper Iowa and earning honorable mention was Arielle Chao from Northwest Nazarene and Courtney Lavender of Saint Edward's.
First base was led Jaycee Lovato from Adams State as she went 8-for-16 with 14 RBI, eight runs scored and three home runs. She had a slugging percentage of 1.125 and an on base percentage of .529. Second team honors went to Academy of Art's Jayme Stewart and honorable mention honors went to Erin Bennek of Upper Iowa and Chelsey Durland of Augustana.
Adams State also had the top second baseman as Alexis Gallego took home the honor with a .500 batting average and a .643 slugging percentage with a 7-for-14 performance and five RBI. On the second team was Ashly Eichenberger of Western New Mexico and Kelsey Kalkman of Augustana was honorable mention.
The third base position was led by Traci Fransen of Agustana with Kristen Payne of Adams State taking home second team honors. Andrea Hanchey of Academy of Art and Robin Araujo of Notre Dame de Namur were both honorable mention selections.
Last year's tournament MVP, Lexi Stephens of Saint Edward's, led the shortstop position after a strong defensive effort with a 1.000 fielding percentage and a .533 batting average. Andrea Baily from Western Oregon was named second team and Rebecca Lindquist of Adams State earned honorable mention.
First team outfielders were Meghan Carrillo of Western Washington who had the highest batting average in the tournament at .727, Katie Healy of Lewis and Jenna Button of the University of Mary. Second team honors went to Allison Brown of Mary, Kanani Numata of Hawaii Hilo and Jessica Alvarado of Mary. Honorable mention selections were Kayla Bruner of Fort Lewis, Taylor Kapsch of Augustana, and Michelle Wrigley and Jessica Carey of Western Washington.
Meg Harasymczuk of Montana State Billings was the top player in the DP position. Harasymczuk batted .533 going 8-for-15 with six runs, a double and a home run with a pair of RBI. She slugged .800 for the tournament and had an on base percentage of .588. Second team was Rachel Meyer of Grand Canyon, while three players, Ricki Gentry of Western New Mexico, Theresa McMahon of Augustana and Sarah Fox of Humboldt State, each received honorable mention honors.
Once again the 2011 tournament saw 24 great teams and many talented players in the 60 games played in the desert. Montana State Billings will look forward to once again hosting the Third Annual MSUB Desert Stinger in 2012.