2006 Softball stories

07/24/06
Wildcats hire Jamie Brown as softball coach
CHICO, Calif. - Chico State Director of Athletics Anita Barker announced today that Jamie Brown has been hired as the Wildcats’ head softball coach.

Brown comes to Chico State from Division II East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she has been the head coach for the last four seasons. She led the 2006 ESU team to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1982 and recorded the first regional win in the university’s history.

“We’re excited Jamie accepted the position. We had an impressive list of coaches that applied,” said Mitch Cox, assistant athletic director and chair of the hiring committee. “We felt Jamie provided the best combination of a positive personality and a winning attitude. We think she’s going to be a great fit for our program and for the Chico community.”

Brown improved her record each year at ESU and most recently posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time at ESU in a decade. The team’s 27 wins last season set a school record, along with team records for most hits, runs, home runs, and batting average in a season.

“Taking this job is a great opportunity for me,” said Coach Brown.  “I view Chico State as a place where we have the opportunity to win a national championship and compete on the national stage every year. California has tremendous talent and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Brown began her coaching career in the summer of 1999 as an assistant coach with the Adirondack Ice, a Women’s Major ASA team in New York. The following fall, she took on both assistant softball and women’s basketball duties at Westminster College in Pennsylvania for one year. In  2000 she moved to the Division I ranks as an assistant at Wagner College in New York, where, in addition to coaching the offense, she was given responsibility for recruiting, compliance, fundraising, and budgeting. Brown accepted her first head-coaching job at Skidmore College in New York in 2001, where she coached for just one season before taking the position at ESU.

Brown has several years experience working and running camps and clinics. For the last four summers she has been on staff at the prestigious UCLA Softball Summer Camp.  This year Brown begins her selected position as one of eight NCAA Softball Rules Committee members, which governs all three levels of NCAA softball.

A four-year staring outfielder at Buffalo State College, Brown received her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1999 and completed her master’s in general education at University at Albany in 2002.

05/30/06
Softball head coach job announcement
The Chico State Depatment of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports is accepting applications for the position of head softball coach.

03/30/06
University cancels remainder of softball season
CHICO - California State University, Chico is canceling the remainder of its 2006 softball season following an incident in which a high school recruit was admitted to the hospital for alcohol overdose.

The 17-year-old high school senior had attended a party Friday, March 24, hosted by a group of Chico State softball players. A University investigation has concluded that alcohol was served to the recruit and readily available at the party, which was attended by 12 of the 18 players on Chico State’s softball team. Several of the players in attendance were under 21 years of age.

“This is a sad day for Chico State Athletics,” said Athletic Director Anita Barker. “We pride ourselves on being role models, on having a program that the campus and community are proud of. However, the magnitude and gravity of this situation warrants swift and decisive action that sends a message this behavior is unacceptable.”

“We have raised expectations for student behavior at Chico State, and we must hold all of our students accountable to those expectations,” said President Paul Zingg. “We are committed to standards of conduct for all of our students that support the values of the University, including being a safe and responsible community.  Changing the drinking culture that plagues our campus, as it does many others, is a critical step towards this goal."

Softball coach Teri Rupe said she was in full agreement with the decision to cancel the remainder of the season. “I am shocked, saddened and angry about what happened over the weekend regarding my team. This is a horrible incident and does not reflect well on the campus community, the athletic department, and primarily the softball program. Unfortunately, the poor judgment of some has affected the entire program. Ultimately, I am responsible for my program, and I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

The cancellation of the season is due to the severity of the incident and is not the outcome of individual disciplinary action. Barker said she had been in contact with NCAA officials, and while the incident was not an NCAA rules violation, they were in support of the University’s action.

CSU, Chico’s Office of Student Judicial Affairs is in the process of determining appropriate disciplinary sanctions to student athletes involved, which range from disciplinary probation to suspension from school. The players have also been removed from the team by Coach Rupe.

“This decision has not been entered into lightly, realizing that there are student athletes with no involvement who will be adversely affected,” said Barker.  “The University will make every effort to assist the softball players that were not involved with the incident.” Barker has been in contact with the NCAA to determine the best course of action to aid these students in regaining their season of competition. They can continue to practice this spring under guidelines established by the NCAA, Barker said.

The high school recruit came to Chico with her father for an official recruiting visit that included meeting the coach and team and touring campus. She attended a party hosted by some members of the softball team and later became lethargic and then unresponsive after drinking. Players placed a 911 call, and she was transported by paramedics at 1 am on Saturday, March 25, to Enloe Medical Center. She was released at 6 am to her father and is reportedly doing fine.

As a result of the incident, Barker said she will lead a complete review of the athletic department’s recruitment practices and procedures. This will include, but is not limited to, an educational process for coaches and athletes to reiterate the responsibilities and expectations of those involved in the recruitment process. She also plans to work with student athletes to explore ways to send a clear message to their teams that this type of behavior is not acceptable.

The cancellation is effective immediately, and includes this weekend’s tournament hosted by Cal State Stanislaus. The softball team was approximately halfway through the season; after the tournament, the Wildcats had 20 games (10 double-headers) remaining on their schedule. Barker said she has been in touch with the California Collegiate Athletic Association, of which Chico is a member, to inform the conference and other members of the cancellation.

03/24/06
Saturday doubleheader rained out
The Chico State softball doubleheader scheduled for Saturday against Notre Dame de Namur has been cancelled due to the rain. The games have been rescheduled for Thursday, April 13 at 1:30.

The Wildcats are still scheduled to play the Chinese National team on Sunday at 1:00 at University Field.

03/23/06
Wildcats split nonconference doubleheader with WWU
CHICO - Kris Paese pitched her second shutout over the last six days to give the Chico State softball team a 7-0 win in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader with Western Washington University. The Wildcats led 1-0 going into the final inning of the second game, but three unearned runs in the seventh cost the Wildcats the game, 3-1.

With the split, Chico stands at 8-10 on the season and Western Washington is now 6-10.

In the opener, Paese (W, 4-4) scattered five hits, struck out 10 and walked three in her fifth complete game of the season.

The Wildcats scored first in the bottom of the second inning when Jenny Chacon led off the inning with a single to left field, was sacrificed by Nicki Jarrett to second, stole third, and then scored on a wild pitch. Chico added two runs in each of the final three innings. Angelea Vandeburgh produced a two-run single in the fourth and Jarrett had a sacrifice fly in the fifth and sixth innings for the Wildcats.

Nicole Walker (L, 1-5) gave up five runs on five hits, struck out one and walked four in her four innings of work

Chacon, Vandeburgh, and Allison Shirley each had two hits for the Wildcats in game one.

In the nightcap, Wildcat pitcher Cala Risse (L, 3-4) was putting together one of her best outings of the year, taking a 1-0 shutout into the seventh inning, but an error to start out the inning, two hits, and four wild pitches resulted in three unearned WWU runs. Risse allowed seven hits, struck out one and walked two in 6.2 innings. Erika Straub came on in relief and threw one pitch, a ground ball to second to end the inning.

Chico’s only run of the game was in the sixth when Nelly Bera reached on a throwing error by the Viking’s third baseman and scored on Chelsea Lundberg’s double to left center.

Jacki Quint (W, 5-3) gave up just four hits in the game and struck out nine.

The Wildcats are back on their home diamond when they host Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday at noon and the Chinese National team on Sunday at 1:00.

03/21/06
Wildcats host Chinese National team on Sunday
CHICO - The Chico State softball team will host the Chinese National softball team on Sunday, March 26 at 1:00 at University Field on the Chico State campus.

The Chinese National team is currently on a tour of the United States, as it gets ready for the 2006 World Championship. They will play 20 games in 27 days, including dates with Iowa, Arizona State, Stanford, Syracuse, and several other Division I and Division II institutions.

China won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, falling to the U.S. team in the championship. At the 2004 Athens Games, the Chinese placed fourth, falling to Japan in the bronze-medal game, 1-0 in eight innings.

The Butte College softball team will play Team China on Chico State’s field, following the Wildcats' game.

03/20/06
Chelsea Lundberg named CCAA Player of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Chico State first baseman Chelsea Lundberg has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the week of March 14-19.

Lundberg, a junior from Roseville, Calif., was 8-for-13 (.615 batting average) in four games as she led the Wildcats to a 3-1 week. She belted 2 home runs with 2 doubles, drove in five runs and scored three times with a 1.231 slugging percentage. She also walked twice and was flawless defensively in 16 chances.

In Thursday’s game one 5-1 win over Cal State Stanislaus, Lundberg was 1-for-4 with a RBI. Despite losing the nightcap 12-1, she went 2-for-2 with a double and drove in a run against the Warriors.

Against CSU Monterey Bay, her third inning home run keyed a 4-run inning for the Wildcats as Chico State blanked CSUMB 8-0. Lundberg finished the game with 2 hits, drove in 2 runs and scored once. She homered again, this time in the first inning to start the offense, as Chico State took game two 6-3. Lundberg went 3-for-3 with a home run and double and scored twice. She also drew a walk and recorded 11 putouts.

With her outstanding week, Lundberg extends her current hitting streak to 8 games. She is now batting .442 for the season (19-for-43) with 5 doubles, a triple and 4 home runs.

03/18/06
Wildcats use solid pitching and long ball in sweep of Monterey Bay
CHICO - With all the rained-out contests this season, the Wildcats finally opened their home season today and showed the home crowd some shutout pitching and long-ball hitting in a sweep of Cal State Monterey Bay in a CCAA doubleheader. Game scores were 8-0 and 6-3.

Chico State improved to 7-9 overall and 4-6 in CCAA play. Monetery Bay stands at 11-11 overall, 0-6 in conference.

In the opening game Chico hurler Kris Paese (W, 3-4) pitched a four-hit, complete-game shutout. She struck out nine and walked four in the six-inning contest, which was shortened due to the eight-run rule.

The Wildcats put four runs on the board in the bottom of the third. Chelsea Lundberg blasted her first of two home runs on the day to score two. Jenny Chacon singled up the middle, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Allison Shirley’s infield hit. Angela Vandenburgh drove in Shirley for the final run.

Chacon scored again in the fifth when she led off the inning with a double, stole third, and crossed the plate on a ground ball to third by Nicki Jarrett.

The Wildcats ended the game with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 8-0. Nellie Bera belted a trip to right center to bring home Vandenburgh, who led off the inning with a double. Cassie Palmer then plated Bera and Chacon produced her fourth hit of the game to bring in Palmer and end the game.

Boyle (L, 5-8) took the loss for the Otters, giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings.

In the nightcap, Lundberg wasted no time putting the Wildcats on the board with her fourth homer of the season in the bottom of the first.

The Otters tied the scored in the second inning with an unearned run, but Chico State added an unearned run of its own in the fifth and three more in the sixth, thanks to Shirley’s first home run of the year, a two-out, three-run shot to left field.

Monterey Bay rallied for two more in the top of the seventh for the final score of 6-3.

Paese started for the Wildcats, but left after three innings. Erika Straub (W, 1-1) came on to pitch the final four innings and pick up her first win of the season. She allowed two runs on six hits and struck out one.

Boyle recorded the loss, pitching the complete game and allowing six runs, two earned, on 13 hits.

In the doubleheader, Lundberg was 5-for-7  with two home runs and a double, 3 RBI, and three runs scored.  Vandeburgh was 4-for-6 with a run scored and a RBI, Chacon was 5-for-8 with three runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases. Shirley was 4-for-7 with a homer and four RBI.

Next up for the 'Cats are nonconference contests at home against Western Washington on March 23 at 1:00 and Notre Dame de Namur on March 25 at noon.

03/16/06
Wildcats hurt by one big inning split doubleheader
TURLOCK - The Chico State softball team won the opening game of the doubleheader with Cal State Stanislaus on Thursday, but a big 10-run inning for the Warriors to start off game two, left the Wildcats with a split. Scores were 5-1 and 12-1.  

The Wildcats are now 5-9 overall, 2-6 in the CCAA, while Stanislaus stands at 17-11 overall, 6-6 in the conference.

In game one, Chico State opened the scoring in the third when Nelly Bera led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Jenny Chacon‘s single to go up 1-0.

The Wildcats added another run in the fifth on a solo blast to left-center from Chacon to give Chico State a 2-0 lead.

The Warriors cut the deficit in half, 2-1, in the fifth. Roberta Argott double to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single from her sister Rita Argott. She would then score on a sacrifice fly by Franksen.

Chico State broke the game open in the sixth, scoring three more runs for a the 5-1 win. Cassie Palmer plated two runs with a double to right center and was brought home on a single by Chelsea Lundberg.

Kristin Paese (W, 2-4) grabbed the win going the distance, allowing just six hits and striking out seven. Amanda Cantu suffered the loss to drop to 8-3 on the year.

In the late game, the Warriors nearly batted around twice in the first inning, scoring 10 runs, on eight hits and left the bases loaded.

The Wildcats added their lone run on a Lundberg double to plate Palmer, who singled to short.

The Wildcats used two pitchers in the game with Cala Risse (L, 3-3) taking the loss to drop after allowing eight runs on six hits without retiring a batter. Omaira Estremera recorded the win to improve to 3-3.

The Wildcats host Monterey Bay this Saturday at noon. 

03/13/06
Teams combine for 33 runs settle for doubleheader split
ROHNERT PARK - The Chico State softball team looked to have game one of the doubleheader with Sonoma State under control, taking a 8-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Seawolves scored 10 runs on nine hits in the frame for a 12-8 win. The Wildcats came back to take game two 9-4.

The split leaves the Seawolves at 7-15, 1-5 CCAA. The Wildcats go to 4-8, 1-5 CCAA.

In the opener, Chico put up an unearned run in the second and added four more in the third. Chelsea Lundberg and Nicki Jarrett each had RBI doubles in the frame. The Wildcats added a solo run in the fifth and Jenny Chacon drove in two more in the sixth with a triple to give the 'Cats a 8-2 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Sonoma rallied against relievers Carli Baumgartner (L, 0-1) and Erika Straub to send 14 runners to the plate. Sonoma worked the score to a 9-8 lead, but the deciding blow came on a three-run homer which made the score 12-8.

While the weather the first game was extremely cold, the second game added rain to the affair as the teams battled the weather as much as each other.

Chico jetted to an early 5-0 lead with five runs in the first inning off Seawolf starter Lindsey Dow. Lundberg started it off with a RBI single to plate Nellie Bera, who led off the game with a double. Jarrett belted a double to plate Lundberg and Sandralina Rones highlighted the inning with a two-run triple.

The 'Cats scored another in the second and three more in the fourth inning, including Angela Vandeburgh's first homer of the year. With dark clouds in the sky and rain falling at an increasing rate, the game was called by the umpires after the fifth inning.

Cala Risse (W, 3-2) threw 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits to earn the win.

03/03/06
Softball rained out this weekend
The Chico State softball doubleheaders against UC San Diego on Friday and Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday have been rained out. The games will be rescheduled, but no dates have been set.

02/25/06
Bakersfield bats too much for Chico State
BAKERSFIELD – The Chico State softball team lost both ends of a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader to Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, 16-1 and 6-2. The losses drop the Wildcats to 3-7 overall, 0-4 in CCAA play. Bakersfield, which pounded out 30 hits in the twinbill stands at 15-4 overall, 3-1 in conference.

Chico State opened the first game with three straight hits to jump out to a 1–0 lead. However, the Roadrunners responded quickly putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the frame. Bakersfield proceeded to score another run in the second, five more in the third, and eight in the fourth. The game was called after five innings due to the 8-run rule.

The only bright spot for the Wildcats came in the third inning when Chelsea Lundberg blasted a two-run homer, her second of the season, over the right field fence. Kris Paese (L, 1-4) took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings. Bakersfield’s Christie Hill (W, 7-3) scattered four hits and recorded five strikeouts.

In the nightcap the Roadrunner bats did not cool off, as they scored three runs in each of the first two innings. Erika Straub (L, 0-1) gave up six runs on 15 hits in the six innings. Pitcher Kristyn Daniels (W, 5-0) gave up two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked six.

The Wildcats play their home opener next weekend with CCAA doubleheaders against UC San Diego and Cal State San Bernardino.

02/24/06
Softball team swept in CCAA opener
Chico State opened the first game with three straight hits to jump out to a 1–0 lead. However, the Roadrunners responded quickly putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the frame. Bakersfield proceeded to score another run in the second, five more in the third, and eight in the fourth. The game was called after five innings due to the 8-run rule.

The only bright spot for the Wildcats came in the third inning when Chelsea Lundberg blasted a two-run homer, her second of the season, over the right field fence. Kris Paese (L, 1-4) took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings. Bakersfield’s Christie Hill (W, 7-3) scattered four hits and recorded five strikeouts.

In the nightcap the Roadrunner bats did not cool off, as they scored three runs in each of the first two innings. Erika Straub (L, 0-1) gave up six runs on 15 hits in the six innings. Pitcher Kristyn Daniels (W, 5-0) gave up two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked six.

The Wildcats play their home opener next weekend with CCAA doubleheaders against UC San Diego and Cal State San Bernardino.

In the opener, the Wildcats took a 2-0 first-inning lead thanks to a two-run homer off the bat of Jenny Chacon. The Torros wasted little time to answer, however, scoring four runs in the home half of the first. The Wildcats added one run in the fifth and three in the seventh on Chelsea Lundberg’s three-run homer, but it was not enough. Allison Armas had a solid game going 2-3 with a run.

Kate Groden and Jennifer Wilson, who were a combined 4-7 with seven RBI’s, paced Dominquez Hills offensively. Lori Moreno also went 2-3 with three runs. Jackie Miller went all seven innings to earn the win and improve to 5-1.

Carla Risse was hit with the loss (2-2) only going 1 1/3 innings, allowing five walks, and four unearned runs. Erika Staub went the rest of the way allowing five hits and five runs, three unearned in 4 2/3 innings.

The Torros needed only five innings to get the job done in the nightcap. Wildcat starter Kristen Paese (1-3) struggled to find the strike zone, walking 11 batters and giving up 12 runs in only three innings of work.

Dominguez Hill's starter Amy Thomas (5-0) was the story of the game. She fired five innings, allowing only one hit and struck out seven.  She was in an early zone and fanned the first four batters she faced.

Wilson and Groden again led the way at the plate with a combined seven RBI’s. Natalie Greco went 2-2 with two runs. Alison Shirley had Chico State’s lone hit.

02/15/06
Wildcats chosen to finish in middle of CCAA pack
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The Chico State softball team, which made it to the championship game of the 2005 Division II West Regional, was chosen to finish tied for fourth in the 2006 California Collegiate Athletic Association preseason poll.

Cal State Dominguez Hills, the defending conference champion, was selected as the team to beat in 2006.

The Toros were 23-5 in the CCAA a year ago and finished with a 46-12 overall record under head coach Jim Maier. Cal State Dominguez Hills received five first-place votes with 60 total points.

San Francisco State, the defending West Region champion, finished a close 2nd in the balloting with three first-place votes and 57 points. The Gators advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship Finals and lost to Kennesaw State in a semifinal game.

With one first place vote, Cal State Bakersfield was picked to finished 3rd with 54 points. Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus both received 37 points in the balloting for a 4th place tie.

Conference coaches were asked to rank eight teams other their own to predict the order of finish. Each first place vote received 8 points, a second place vote is 7 points, etc.

2006 CCAA Softball Preseason Coaches Poll

Rk School (First Place Votes) Points 2005 Records
1. Cal State Dominguez Hills (5) 60 45-12, 23-5 CCAA
2. San Francisco State (3) 57 43-21, 18-10
3. Cal State Bakersfield (1) 54 32-22, 18-10
4. Cal State Stanislaus 37 24-32, 7-21
Chico State 37 33-16, 17-11
6. UC San Diego 33 19-31, 11-16
7. Sonoma State 19 16-36, 10-17
8. CSU Monterey Bay 15 —
9. Cal State San Bernardino 12 11-42, 7-21

02/05/06
Wildcats finish tournament with 3-3 record
TURLOCK - Cassie Palmer drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-out single to give the Chico State softball team a 3-2 win over Central Washington in the first game of the final day of play at the Best of the West Tournament. The Wildcats lost to Notre Dame de Namur, 9-7, later in the day to finish the tournament with a 3-3 record. 

In the opener, the Wildcats took advantage of two Central Washington errors to in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. CWU game back with solo runs in the fourth and sixth innings to tie it up.  In the bottom of the sixth with one out, Sandralina Rones was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a walk. An infield pop-up cost the Wildcats a second out before Palmer’s hit scored Rones for the go ahead run.

Cala Risse (W) pitched one and two-thirds innings of relief to pick up the win. Kristin Paese started the game, giving up two runs on two hits and striking out five, but had to settle for no decision.

In Chico State’s final game of the tournament Notre Dame de Namur jumped on the Wildcats for three runs in the first inning, but the Wildcats answered back with five runs in the top of the second thanks in part to a two-run triple by Palmer and a RBI single by Nelly Bera.

But the Wildcats did not hold the lead long. Notre Dame put up five runs of their own in the bottom of the third for an 8-5 lead from which the Wildcats could not recover.

Risse (L, 2-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits. She walked one and struck out one. Nickie Jarret and Allison Shirley each had two hits for the Wildcats.

02/04/06
Wildcats win thriller at Best of the West
TURLOCK – Sandralina Rones scored on a wild pitch in extra frames to lift the Chico State softball team to a 5-4 victory over Seattle University Saturday night at the Best of the West Tournament, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus. Earlier in the day, the Wildcats lost to Grand Canyon 5-0, and now stand at 2-2 overall in the tournament and in the season.

Rones was a thorn in the side of Seattle throughout their matchup Saturday. She finished 2-for-3 with three runs, an RBI, a double, and a pair of stolen bases. She singled, stole second, and came around to score on Cassie Palmer's base hit in the fourth to draw the Wildcats to within 3-2. And in the fifth, she singled home two runs with the help of an error, to give Chico State a 4-3 advantage.

Seattle University tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a single and triple to lead off the inning. But Wildcats hurler Kristin Pace miraculously kept Chico State's hopes alive by getting the next three batters to pop up, ground out, and strike out.

Paese earned the win by going all eight frames and allowing four runs, three of them earned, on six hits. She also struck out seven and walked seven.

02/03/06
Wildcats split in Best of the West Tournament to kick off season
TURLOCK – The 2006 Chico State softball team opened season play at the Best of the West Tournament hosted by Cal State Stanislaus. The Wildcats split their opening-day games, losing 1-0 to Humboldt State, but rallied back to beat Sonoma State, 6-4.

The opener was a pitching duel between Wildcat junior Kris Paese (L, 0-1) and Humboldt’s Lizzy Prescott that remained scoreless through regulation. Paese gave up just two singles and struck out eight, although she struggled with control at times, walking nine batters.

Pinch hitter Jenny Williams was the only Wildcat to manage a hit off Prescott, who struck out 16 and walked just one.

Humboldt scored in the eighth when the tournament rules put a runner on second to begin extra innings. The runner was sacrificed to third on a bunt and scored on a fly ball to center field.

In the bottom half of the frame, Angela Vandeburgh sacrificed the runner placed on second to third base, but two strikeouts ended the game.

Against Sonoma State, the Wildcats had to play catch up after the Seawolves posted three runs in the top of the first.

Chico rallied for three unearned runs in the second, capped off by an RBI-single by right fielder Cassie Palmer and a two-run single by lead-off hitter Nelly Bera. The ’Cats took the lead in the bottom of the third, putting another three runs on the board thanks to an RBI-single by second baseman Allison Shirley and a two-run double by Palmer.

That would be all the Wildcats would need as first-year pitcher sophomore Cala Risse (W, 1-0) settled in and completed the game, giving up five hits, while striking out five and walking two.

Play continues in the tournament with the Wildcats slated to take on Grand Canyon and Seattle University on Saturday and Central Washington and Notre Dame de Namur on Sunday.