April 5, 2014
TURLOCK, Calif. - The Western Washington University softball team takes a perfect 5-0 record into bracket play Sunday after blanking Cal State East Bay, 5-0, and edging Chico State, 5-3, in second-day action Saturday at the 13th Annual Tournament of Champions.
The Vikings, 22-9, who opened the tourney with three victories Friday, have won 11 of their last 12 decisions. They will face Sonoma State, the only team to defeat them during that stretch, on Sunday in the Gold Bracket semifinals at 12:15 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship game against either Humboldt State or Dominican at 2:30 p.m.
DeRosier, who has won her last seven decisions, improved to 12-3. After working out of a first-inning jam, she retired 19 of the last 21 batters she faced.
Baker gave WWU a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a homer to left following a single by Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas).
Baker finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) was 2-for-3.
A four-run fourth inning proved to be the difference for WWU over Chico State. The big hit was a two-run, bases-loaded double by Alexie Levin (So., Everett), who also had a double when the Vikings scored in the sixth.
All three of the Wildcats' runs were driven in by Desiree Gonzalez. She had a solo home run in the seventh.
WWU pitcher Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View) improved to 4-3, three of the wins coming in the tourney, as she went the distance. Chico State left 10 runners on base.
Softball Takes to the Road for Five GNAC Games
WWU returns to action Friday night vs. Montana State Billings in Portland
Softball Adds Game Friday vs. MSUB in Portland
Game will serve as makeup contest from snowed out March 31 game in Billings
Softball Drops a Pair of One-Run Games to Saint Martin's
Vikings close out home schedule with close games vs. Saint Martin's in GNAC play
Vikings Earn Split vs. CWU With Solid Performance
WWU falls 5-3 in extra innings in the first game vs. CWU, rebounds with 8-0 win in the nightcap
Expected Rain Shuffles Softball Schedule this Weekend
Vikings will now host GNAC doubleheaders on Friday (CWU) and
Softball Snowed Out at Montana State Billings
WWU returns home to host CWU and Saint Martin's next weekend
Vikings Swept in Tripleheader at Montana State Billings
Freshman Kira Doan goes 5-for-11 with her first home run during the tripleheader
Softball Returns to GNAC Play at MSU Billings
WWU will play three games Friday beginning at 10 am MT and one on Saturday (weather permitting)
Vikings Earn Doubleheader Split at Stanislaus State
WWU earns 3-2 extra-inning victory in nightcap behind strong performance from Anna Kasner and 2-run double from Rylie Wales
Vikings Earn Split During Final Day of Tournament of Champions
Freshman duo of Doan and Lo leads WWU to 1-0 win over Cal State East Bay
Vikings Drop Pair of Games in Tournament of Champions
WWU falls to Cal State San Bernardino 6-1 and San Francisco State 8-4 on Saturday
Vikings Earn Split During First Day of Tournament of Champions
WWU defeats Hawaii Hilo 4-2, after dropping heartbreaker to Cal State Monterey Bay 1-0
Softball's Thursday Game vs. Sonoma State Rained Out
The Vikings are hoping for improved weather with 6 games over the next 3 days at the Tournament of Champions
Softball Heads to Tournament of Champions
WWU will play 9 games in California before returning to GNAC play
WWU Softball Splits Doubleheader at Simon Fraser
Anna Kasner records 20th career victory with 2-0 shutout in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader