WWU drops three on first day at Tournament of Champions
March 30, 2012
TURLOCK, Calif. - The Western Washington University softball team suffered three tough losses as it was able to score just three runs in first-day action at the 11th Annual Mizuno Tournament of Champions being hosted by Cal State Stanislaus.
The Vikings opened the tourney with a 6-2 loss to Cal State San Bernardino. They were blanked 3-0 by Cal State Dominguez Hills and lost 5-1 in eight innings to Chico State.
CSUDH is ranked No.9 in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, and Chico State is No.11.
WWU, 6-23 overall, completes pool play Saturday, meeting Dominican CA at 2:15 p.m. and Chaminade HI at 4:15 p.m. Bracket play is slated for Sunday.
Against CSUSB, the Vikings gave up five runs in the second inning, just one of them earned as they committed two errors.
WWU pitcher Jenna DeRosier (So., Kelso) allowed just one more run, also unearned, in the fourth as she went the distance.
The Vikings stranded 13 runners, unable to score after filling the bases in both the first and second innings. They scored twice in the sixth on run-scoring singles by Jessica Carey (Sr., Everett) and Meghan Carrillo (So., Prunedale, CA).
In its second game, WWU had only four hits off CSUDH pitcher Stephanie Jimenez (16-1) as the Toros improved to 33-6. The three CSUDH runs were scored in the first inning, all of them unearned as the Vikings had two errors.
Viking pitcher Stephanie Fox (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake) (2-5) also gave up just four hits with a complete-game effort.
In the Chico State contest, WWU took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as Carrillo led off with a double and eventually scored on a bases-loaded, two-out error.
The Vikings' Janelle Kasch (Fr., Snohomish) held Chico State in check until the sixth when Rachel Failla opened the frame with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Taylor Hanamaikai.
Kasch, who pitched WWU's third complete game of the day, gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Samantha Baker as the Wildcats scored four runs in the top of the eighth.
Chico State pitcher Kayla McConnell (6-1) scattered seven Vikings hits, two of them by Carey.
Carey finished with six hits in the three games, raising her team-leading batting average to .352 (31-for88).
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