April 6, 2014
TURLOCK, Calif. -
Matching the school's best run for the second time in 13 years competing at the Tournament of Champions, the Western Washington University softball team fell 6-0 to Sonoma State University in the semifinals of the Gold Bracket on Sunday afternoon at the Pedretti Sports Complex.
The Vikings, who fell to 22-10, had won their first five tourney games, three on Friday and two on Saturday. They also reached the Gold Bracket semifinals in 2003 and 2011.
Sonoma State, 30-11, scored all six of its runs in the bottom of the first inning. Megan Konieczka hit a two-run homer to give the Seawolves a 3-0 lead and they took advantage of a throwing error to score three more runs, all unearned.
The Vikings managed just four hits off Sonoma State pitcher Amanda Llerena (18-7), who struck out five and walked two.
WWU loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on a walk and two hit batters, but Llerena ended the threat with two strikeouts.
Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) got the Vikings' only extra-base hit, a double, in the third.
WWU pitcher Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View), who had three wins and a save in five tourney appearances, was tagged with the loss.
Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma) led the Vikings with a .417 (5-for-12) batting average, driving in five runs. Meghan Carrillo (Sr., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) hit .375 (6-for-16) and had six runs batted in and Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas) hit .350 (7-for-20) and scored seven runs.
The Vikings, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, return to Great Northwest Athletic Conference action on Friday (1 p.m.), entertaining Western Oregon.