Softball: Saint Martin's Advances To Gold Bracket Semifinals
Central Washington finished round-robin play with a 4-1 record and will play Sunday in the Silver bracket.
Central Washington finished round-robin play with a 4-1 record and will play Sunday in the Silver bracket.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

TURLOCK, Calif. - Saint Martin's completed round-robin play with a perfect 5-0 record and will play in the Gold Bracket for the Mizuno Tournament of Champions softball title Sunday.

The Saints will play Chaminade at 1 p.m. in a semifinal game.  The winner will advance to the 3:15 p.m. championship contest against either Humboldt State, Sonoma State or Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Saint Martin's was one of three teams along with Sonoma State and Cal Baptist to complete the round-robin portion of the tournament unbeaten.

The Saints won three games on Saturday defeating Cal State Monterey Bay 5-1, Academy of the Art 7-6 and Chico State 5-1 to run their win streak to five games and improve to 25-10 on the season.

Left fielder Madi Davis led SMU Saturday with six hits in 10 at bats.  Second baseman Lacey McGladrey had five hits, including three doubles, in 11 at bats. For the tournament, Davis is batting .529 (9 of 17) and McGladrey is hitting .500 (8 of 16).

Sam Munger drove in a team-best four runs Saturday and also pitched the Saints to a 5-1 win over Cal State Monterey Bay.  She allowed just five hits and an unearned run in the contest. 

Taylor Bakos pitched a four-hitter in defeating Chico State 5-1.  Joslyn Eugenio earned a win in relief against Academy of Art, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing just two unearned runs as SMU rallied for a 7-6 eight-inning victory. 

The Saints scored twice in the bottom of the eighth, getting the winning run on a single by designated hitter Christina Demar.

Central Washington (16-12 overall) completed round-robin play with a 4-1 record and will play Hawaii Hilo in the Silver bracket semifinal at 1 p.m.  CWU defeated Cal State Monterey Bay 2-1 and Academy of Art 4-3 Saturday.

Maria Gau scattered seven hits and allowed just a first-inning run in CWU's win over CSUMB.  Gau, who walked one and fanned six, earned her seventh win against seven losses when first baseman Maikala Galusha ripped a two-run home run to right center in the fourth inning.

Heidy Wells (7-3) pitched a four-hitter against Academy of Art and Galusha drove in three of CWU's four runs with a two-run double to right center in the first inning and a RBI double down the left field line in the fifth.

Simon Fraser (19-16) takes a 3-2 record into the Bronze bracket semifinals.  The Clan will play conference rival Western Washington (18-18) at 11 a.m.  The Vikings finished round-robin play with a 2-3 record. 

The Clan lost to Sonoma State 6-0 and Notre Dame de Namur 1-0 and defeated Cal State Stanislaus 8-6 Saturday, while the Vikings lost to Cal State San Bernardino 2-0 and Humboldt State 8-3.

Simon Fraser built a 6-0 lead through three innings in its win as right fielder Rosie Murphy singled for one run in the first inning and drove in two more runs with another single in the third.  The host Warriors rallied for five runs in the fourth before Kelsie Hawkins came in to pitch the final 3 2/3 innings and record the win.

Both Montana State Billings (9-22) and Western Oregon (19-21) finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with 1-4 records.   MSUB will face Notre Dame de Namur in the Platinum bracket semifinals Sunday at 1 p.m.  Western Oregon will playChico State in the consolation championship game at 11 a.m.  

MSUB lost to Humboldt State 5-4 and to Cal State San Bernardino 5-1  Saturday before defeating Chico State 2-1 in its final game.  Designated player Brittney Sanders doubled to account for both of MSUB's two runs in the fourth inning.  Jessyka MacDonald allowed three hits and fanned five to record her fourth win against three losses.

Western Oregon lost all three of its games on Saturday, 5-1 to Hawaii Pacific, 7-1 to Sonoma State and 2-0 to Notre Dame de Namur. 

Northwest Nazarene (5-33), which will not compete in Sunday's bracket play, ended the tournament winless in five games.  On Saturday they were blanked by both Grand Canyon 5-0 and Chaminade 10-0.