Vikings open season with three-game sweep in first-day action at CWU Invitational
March 5, 2004
RICHLAND, Wash. - Senior utility player Jodie Rock (Anacortes) supplied timely hitting and freshman Jackie Quint (Silverdale/Central Kitsap) had a standout pitching performance as the Western Washington University softball team opened its season with a three-game sweep in first-day action Friday at the 9th annual Central Washington University Invitational Tournament at Columbia Fields.
The 3-0 start is the Vikings' best since 1996 when they won their first four games. Western began the day by rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat Western Oregon 8-6. The Vikings then upset NCAA Division II Preseason No.1-ranked North Dakota State 4-1, and finished with a 7-5 victory over Saint Martin's.
Rock was 5-for-10 on the day, driving in three runs and scoring two. She played outfield, designated player and second base, respectively, in the three games.
Freshman pitcher Nicole Walker (Kenmore/Juanita) got two wins, one in relief and the other as a starter. She gave up just one earned run in nine innings, striking out nine.
Mandy Kaestner (So., Coeur d'Alene, ID/Lake City) was 6-for-12 with four runs scored, and Adrienne Moore (Jr., Lake Forest Park/Shorecrest) was 4-for-9, including three doubles, and drove in three runs.
Western's win over Western Oregon was its first to open a season in four years. The Vikings, who trailed 6-1 after three innings, scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull within one, and went ahead for good by scoring three more in the sixth.
Rock, who was 3-for-4 in the game, started the rally in the fourth with a two-run homer, the fourth of her career. Later in the frame, Lindsay Walton (Jr., Chesapeake, VA) drove in two runs with a double.
Deyette also had a run-scoring single in the first for the Vikings, following a triple by Rock.
Walker got the win in relief, allowing just three hits and striking out four in 4-1/3 innings pitched.
Quint gave up just two hits in earning the complete game victory over North Dakota State.
Quint did not allow a hit until Jennifer Morse doubled with one out in the bottom of the third inning and later scored on a throwing error to give North Dakota State an early 1-0 lead. The only other hit off Quint was a leadoff double by Lindsey Graham in the fourth.
The Vikings scored two runs in the fourth, one on a bunt single by Holly Hayden (Jr., Spokane/Shadle Park) and the other on an error. Hayden also had a leadoff double in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch, and Moore doubled across another run in the seventh.
Western jumped out to 4-1 lead over Saint Martin's, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Charity Harmeson (Sr., Oxnard, CA/Hueneme) tripled in one run, Rock plated another with a sacrifice fly and Hayden drove in two more with a two-out, bases-loaded double.
In the second inning, Kaestner singled and scored on three wild pitches. She also had a run-scoring single in the Vikings' two-run third inning.
Saint Martin's scored three unearned runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 7-5, but Sarah Arnold (Vancouver/Evergreen) pitched two shutout innings to get the save. Walker got the win.
On Saturday, Western faces two-time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Humboldt State at 8:30 a.m., Seattle U. at 1 p.m. and Team Canada, the Canadian Olympic team, in an exhibition contest at 5:30 p.m.
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