March 2, 2007
RICHLAND, Wash. -
Liza Teichler (Jr., SammamishSkyline) hit a walk-off, grand-slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Western Washington University rallied for an 11-9 victory over host Central Washington University on Friday in second-day action at the CWU Invitational Softball Tournament being held at the Columbia Playfields. The tourney runs through Sunday.
The Vikings, who improved to 6-4 overall, are 2-1 in tourney play after splitting a pair of games in opening-day play Thursday. They had a season-high 13 hits against the Wildcats.
Central, which fell to 4-4, led 9-6 after 6-1/2 innings.
Western's Lisa Pendergrast (Jr., Burlington/Burlington-Edison), who was 4-for-4 in the contest, led off the seventh with a double. Megan Fowler (Fr., Richland) was safe on an error and Misty Britt (Sr., Kelso) drove in Pendergrast with a single, extending her hitting streak to 10 games. Katie Barker (So., Auburn/Auburn-Riverside) then had a bunt single, setting the stage for Teichler's first home run of her three-year career on a 2-0 pitch.
Teichler, who entered the game hitting a team-high .440, was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and five runs batted in. She had a run-scoring double in the first inning.
Fowler had a two-run single in the second, Pendergrast doubled in a run in the fifth and Ashley Osman (Sr., Federal Way/Jefferson) plated two runs with a single in the sixth.
Western's Jackie Quint (Sr., Silverdale/Central Kitsap) (4-2) got the win as she pitched the final five innings in relief. She gave up four runs, two earned, struck out seven and walked four.
Sara Badgley (3-2) threw the entire game for Central, striking out eight and walking four.
Kelli Spaulding and Catrina Robertson each drove in three runs for the Wildcats. Robertson had a two-run homer and Spaulding a two-run single as Central scored four runs in the third.
Western, which meets Montana State University-Billings later this afternoon, opened the tourney with a 2-1 loss in eight innings to Seattle University, rated No.22 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II Preseason Poll. The Vikings bounced back with a 3-2 victory over Saint Martin's.