Western opens Tournament of Champions with 4-3 loss to Chico State

Meghan Flem

March 28, 2008

Box Score

TURLOCK, Calif. - Errors and missed scoring opportunities proved the difference as Western Washington University fell 4-3 to Chico State University to open pool play Friday at the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions. The tourney runs through Sunday.

The Vikings, who dropped to 15-7, committed four errors and left 12 runners on base.

Chico State, which improved to 16-18, scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh inning. Alison Smith tied the game at 3-3 with a run-scoring single following a double by Christine Johnson. A walk moved Smith to second and she scored when the throw was dropped on a force play at second.

The Wildcats' Krystal Shaw got the save by retiring Western in the bottom of the seventh. She was the third Chico State pitcher. Lauren Walker started and went 5-1/3 innings and reliever Laura Stokes got the win, her first in four decisions, by squelching a rally in the sixth.

The Vikings had taken a 3-2 lead in that frame when Katie Barker (Jr., Auburn/Auburn-Riverside) walked and scored on double by Meghan Flem (So., Hood River, OR/Hood River Valley).

Chico State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Magan Bera singled, advanced to third in a double by Chelsea Lundberg and scored on a single by Nickie Jarrett.

Western scored twice in the third for a 2-1 advantage. Flem drove in one run with a single and later scored when Caitlin Dotlich (Fr., Sedro-Woolley/Burlington-Edison) drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Wildcats tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the fifth. Rebecca Johnson had a lead-off single and scored when a two-out hit up the middle was booted, giving her an extra base.

Jessica Rosencrants (Jr., Sequim/Peninsula CC) (10-5) pitched five-plus innings for Western before being relieved by Sarah McEnroe (So., Woodinville).

Western had 13 hits with Flem, Lisa Pendergrast (Sr., Bow/Burlington-Edison) and Liza Teichler (Sr., Sammamish/Skyline) each getting two. Michelle Wrigley (Fr., Bothell/Inglemoor) extended her hitting streak to seven games, going 1-for-4.

Lundberg had two hits for Chico State.

Later today, Western meets Sonoma State (4 p.m.) and San Francisco State (6:15 p.m.)