Lauren Bennett andAutumn Isaacson
April 4, 2014
TURLOCK, Calif. -
The Western Washington University softball team got off to a 2-0 start at the Tournament of Champions, taking each game by one run, in first-day action Friday.
The Vikings, now 19-9, play Cal State Dominguez Hills at 8 p.m. They opened with a 7-6 win over Azusa Pacific, and followed that with an 8-7 victory in eight innings over host Cal State Stanislaus.
In the triumph over Azusa Pacific, Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas) had a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning and Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View) picked up her second save of the season with a solid inning of relief work in the seventh.
APU took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Madison Hernandez hit her second solo home run of the game.
WWU responded with three in the sixth to go in front 7-5. Prior to Keating's big hit, the Vikings' first run of the inning came on a bases-loaded walk to Allie Crowe Jr., Auburn/Thomas Jefferson).
WWU pitcher Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso) won her sixth straight game, improving to 11-3.
Adelstein took over in the seventh with a runner on first and no outs. The first batter she faced reached base on a fielder's choice sacrifice attempt. But Adelstein bore down to get three straight groundouts, the second scoring a run, to end the game.
Keating was 2-for-4, driving in three runs and scoring two. She also had a RBI single in WWU's two-run fifth.
A pinch-hit, two-run walk-off double by Lauren Bennett (So., Tustin, CA/Beckman) in the bottom of the eighth gave the Vikings a come-from-behind win over Cal State Stanislaus.
The Vikings began the game by scoring six runs in the first as six of their first seven batters had hits while the other walked. Meghan Carrillo (Sr., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double.
Cal State Stanislaus rallied, scoring two runs in the third, three more in the fourth and sent the game into extra innings by tying the score at 6-6 with a run in the seventh on a two-out double by Melissa Robles.
The Warriors took a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth on a run-scoring single by Brittney Rickles. That set up Bennett's heroics.
Adelstein (2-3) got the win for WWU in relief, and Jordan Walley (So.,Maple Valley/Tahoma) had two hits.
The Vikings' Alexie Levin (So., Everett) had run-scoring singles in both games, extending her hitting streak to 12.