Softball has 10 runs on 18 hits to take down alligators

IRVINE, Calif. – The offense started right away and ended late to help the Western Oregon University softball team claim a 10-8 win over San Francisco State on the final day of the Concordia Irvine Tournament Sunday.

WOU (5-2) put together season-record numbers with 10 runs and 18 hits, racking up five runs in the first, two in the fifth and three more in the seventh. Nine players had a success during the day with Maddie Doig, Kate Ronning and Erica Soliz all leaving with three successful matches. Logan Carlos, Zoie Recolan and Kirah McGlothan added two hits each. Soliz had three runs, while Ronning and Carlos added two RBIs. Finger, Baylie Kahele and McKenzie Westphal they all drove at a run.

In the circle, Nicki Derrick started and went the first two innings allowing five earned runs. Jada Young pitched the next three innings allowing two earned runs. Maddie Mayer played the last two innings to claim its third win (3-0) of the week, allowing just one earned run with four strikeouts.

Wolves came out ready from the first pitch putting five runs into the opening frame. Carlos walked and then quickly moved up to third on a Doig single. Following a sacrificial bunt from Recolan, the riders placed second and third, Natalie Willoughby was intentionally walked to load the bases. Kahele took a left-hand single to score the game’s first run. After the second out was recorded, Ronning singled down the left side to score Doig. Soliz scored two runs including a right side single to lead 4-0. WOU closed out the big inning with an RBI single to the left of Westphal for the 5-0 lead.

San Francisco State (2-3) came back with two runs in the first half of the first and tied the game with three more runs in the second.

The Gators took the lead with a run in the third for the 6-5 advantage.

It stayed that way until the fifth when WOU regained the lead. McGlothan opened the frame with a single. Ronning added a single before the two moved to wild pitch. Soliz walked over to load the plinths. After a runner was pulled from base and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with two outs, Carlos delivered. On the first pitch, Carlos hit a right-hand single to score a pair of runs for the 7-6 lead.

The Gators came back to take the lead in the sixth with two points for the 8-7 lead.

Until their last at bat, WOU came out ready in the seventh. McGlothan opened the inning with a full walk on eight pitches. Ronning wasted little time tying the game when he doubled on the first left pitch to score McGlothan. Soliz added an RBI single to the right to tag Ronning to bring WOU up front. Before the end of the inning, Wolves added another run. With Soliz at third and two out, Doig ripped a triple down the left field line on a 2-0 pitch to tag Soliz for the 10-8 lead.

Mayer then closed the door working around a starting step to get a fly out, ground out and strikeout for the 10-8 win.

Taya Vincent and Kai Deleon led San Francisco State with two hits apiece. Deleon scored three points. Inside the circle, Kaitlyn Maddux started and went the first two-thirds of an inning allowing five earned runs. Madeline Eschbach pitched the final 6.1 innings, allowing five earned runs to end in a 1-1 loss. The Gators finished with seven hits and neither team made an error.

WOU returns home to host Warner Pacific in a doubleheader this Friday starting at 12 p.m. at the WOU Softball Field.

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