WWU slams Dominican CA 12-4 in five innings at TOC
March 31, 2012
TURLOCK, Calif. - Cheyenne Best (Fr., Big Lake/Sedro-Woolley) was 3-for-3 with a home run and two doubles and Jessica Carey (Sr., Everett) had three singles as the Western Washington University softball team broke out of a batting slump with a season-high run total to defeat Dominican (Calif.) University, 12-4, in a game that was called after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule Saturday in second-day action at the 11th Annual Mizuno Tournament of Champions.
WWU's other scheduled game with Chaminade HI was postponed because of wet field conditions until 8 a.m. Sunday. That will be followed by bracket play.
The Vikings improved to 7-23, snapping a four-game losing streak. They had scored just four runs in those contests. Dominican fell to 2-29.
With the game tied at 3-3 after four innings, WWU scored nine runs on eight hits in the top of the fifth. Carey singled in two runs and scored in that frame. Meghan Carrillo (So., Prunedale, CA) also had a two-run single and Krista Bickar (Sr., Hoquiam) and Rachelle Berry (Jr., Alger/Burlington-Edison) each had run-scoring doubles.
The Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the third, but Domincan countered with three in the bottom of that inning.
WWU tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the fourth, one on a solo home run by Best, her first of the season. She also had doubles in the third and fifth innings.
Devyn Baker (So., Montesano) pitched 4-2/3 innings for the Vikings, evening her record at 1-1. She gave up five hits, walked two and struck out one.
On Friday, WWU opened the tourney with a 6-2 loss to Cal State San Bernardino. They were blanked 3-0 by nationally No.9-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills and lost 5-1 in eight innings to No.11 Chico State.
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