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CWU Softball Completes Tripleheader Sweep

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TURLOCK, Calif. -- The Central Washington University softball team got two-run home runs by Austin Wilkerson (Ferndale, WA, Sehome) and Jill McDaniels (Walla Walla, WA, Walla Walla) in the top of the seventh inning to give the Wildcats a 7-4 come from behind victory over Chico State University and ensure a sweep of its tripleheader at the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, California.

The Wildcats won its first contest of the day 3-0 over Azusa Pacific followed by a 10-1 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The Wildcats improve to 18-12 on the season with the three wins on Friday.

Game one: CWU 3, Azusa Pacific 0

Maikala Galusha (Battle Ground, WA, Battle Ground) provided all the offense for CWU in the first game, singling home Jordan Zurfluh (Adna, WA, Adna) in the fourth inning, followed by a two-run homerun in the sixth to give the Wildcats the final 3-0 advantage.

Kiana Wood (Aloha, OR, Aloha) returned to the pitching rubber for the first time since Mar. 16 and the freshman picked up her seventh win (7-2) of the season throwing a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out four batters.

Game Two: CWU 10, CSUDH 1

Central Washington scored three runs in the first inning on singles by McDaniels and Kailyn Campbell (Duvall, WA, Cedarcrest), and a RBI double by Wilkerson.

After CSUDH scored its lone run of the contest in the fifth inning the Wildcats responded by adding two more runs in the sixth inning on a two out double by Katie Focher (Missoula, MT, Sentinel) that scored Adrianne DeLay (White Salmon, WA, Columbia) and Zurfluh as CWU took a 5-1 lead.

Five more insurance runs came in the top half of the seventh inning where CWU got RBI singles by Andrea Hamada (Walla Walla, WA, Walla Walla) and Sammy Morris (Bothell, WA, Bothell). Focher got to the plate twice that inning and in each at bat drove in runs: two on a double to left field, and one on a single to right field that scored Remy Bradley (Richland, WA, Hanford).

Taryn Smith (Olympia, WA, Timberline) went all seven innings to grab her fourth win of the season, scattering five hits and fanned three batters.

Game Three: CWU 7, Chico State 4

The last game of the day provided a little more excitement as the Wildcats had to rally in the seventh inning to defeat Chico State.

Wilkerson scored the games opening run on a double to centerfield that scored Morris, and the Wildcats added two more runs in the fourth on a Wilkerson homerun and a squeeze bunt by Alexa Olague (Tacoma, WA, Woodrow Wilson) that plated Zurfluh.

Chico State quickly responded by hitting back-to-back homeruns in the bottom of the fourth to cut the CWU lead to just 3-2. Chico State scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead heading into the seventh and final inning.

Wilkerson again came up clutch, hitting her second homerun of the day, this time a two-run shot to left centerfield as the Wildcats climbed back into the drivers seat with a 5-4 advantage. Jill McDaniels added some insurance runs two batters later as she crushed a homerun over the centerfield wall scoring Galusha on the play and giving the Wildcats a comfortable 7-4 lead.

Starting pitcher Maria Gau (Woodinville, WA, Woodinville) closed the door on Chico State, putting them down in order in the seventh inning to secure her ninth win of the season (9-5). Gau gave up six hits in the contest and struck out three batters.

Day one Stats:

Wilkerson: 5 for 9 – 3 runs scored – 6 RBI – 2 doubles -2 homeruns

Galusha: 3 for 7 – 2 runs scored – 3 RBI – homerun

McDaniels: 3 for 9 – 2 runs scored – 3 RBI – homerun

Focher: 3 for 7 - 3 RBI

Zurfluh: 3 runs scored - SB

Up next the softball team will play 8th ranked Humboldt State at 8:45 a.m. followed by a 1:15 p.m. matchup with Cal State University Stanislaus.

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