April 4, 2014
TURLOCK, Calif. - For just the third time in 13 years competing at the Tournament of Champions, the Western Washington University softball team won its first three games in first-day action Friday.
The Vikings, now 20-9, began with a 7-6 win over Azusa Pacific, followed by an 8-7 victory in eight innings over host Cal State Stanislaus, and ending with a 10-2 triumph in six innings over Cal State Dominguez Hills.
WWU pitcher Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View) saved the first game, won the second in relief and had a complete-game victory the third.
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 Adelstein 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.
But 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 got the win for WWU in relief.
Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma) also had two hits for the Vikings.
WWU trailed CSUDH 2-0 before scoring 10 unanswered runs, three each in the third and fifth, and four in the sixth to end the game by the eight-run mercy rule. It was the Vikings' ninth double-figure run game of the season, a school record.
Carrillo was 2-for-2, driving in three runs and scoring two. Walley and Mackenzie Hughes (Fr., Ellensburg) each had two hits and two RBIs.
Adelstein (3-3) threw the complete-game victory for the Vikings.
The Vikings' Alexie Levin (So., Everett) ran her hitting streak to 12 games before being stymied against CSUDH.
On Saturday, WWU faces Cal State East Bay at 11:15 a.m. and Chico State at 3:45 p.m.
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