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.
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