Softball Weekly Report

March 25, 2015 www.gnacsports.com (503-305-8756) Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) GNAC Teams Head To Turlock for Tournament of Champions GNAC Standings Saint Martin’s Central Washington Western Oregon Western Washington Montana State Billings Simon Fraser Northwest Nazarene W 7 8 5 7 6 2 1 L 1 4 3 5 6 6 11 W 21 14 10 14 13 11 4 L 12 9 14 10 14 13 21 H 11-3 6-2 7-1 4-2 3-1 2-4 3-7 A 4-6 4-6 0-2 6-6 4-8 6-6 0-10 N 6-3 4-1 3-11 4-2 6-5 3-3 1-4 –*Austin Wilkerson, CWU; Lindsay Miller, SMU; Kaitlyn Campbell, CWU. *Current 24 West Region Teams Gather For Annual Event PORTLAND, Ore. – Twenty-four of the 30 NCAA Division II West Region softball teams will be in Turlock, Calif. this weekend to compete in the Tournament at Champions softball tournament. LAST WEEK: Friday – Western Washington 4-6 at Northwest Nazarene 3-7. Saturday – Saint Martin’s 19-17 at Central Washington 7-9; Simon Fraser 2-10 at MSU Billings 4-9; Western Washington 10-6 at Northwest Nazarene 0-1. Sunday – Western Oregon 2-5 at Central Washington 3-10; Simon Fraser 1-0 at MSU Billings 11-8. The tournament is presented by the Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tournament is always a good indicator of which teams might qualify for the NCAA West Regional in May. THIS WEEK: Tuesday – Willamette 3 at Northwest Nazarene 9; College of Idaho 3 at Northwest Nazarene 2. Wednesday – Willamette at Northwest Nazarene, noon; Central Washington at CSU Monterey Bay, 1 p.m.; Western Oregon at San Francisco State, 1 p.m. Thursday – Western Washington vs. Sonoma State (at Turlock), 4 p.m. Friday – CSU Stanislaus Tournament of Champions (Hawaii Pacific vs. Saint Martin’s, 8 a.m.; Hawaii Hilo vs. Simon Fraser, 8 a.m.; Western Washington vs. CSU Dominguez Hills, 8 a.m.; Academy of Art vs. Northwest Nazarene, 9 a.m.; Chico State vs. Central Washington, 9 a.m.; Azusa Pacific vs. Saint Martin’s, 10 a.m.; Western Washington vs. Humboldt State, 10 a.m.; Simon Fraser vs. Chico State, 11:15 p.m.; Academy of Art vs. Central Washington, 12:15 p.m.; Sonoma State vs. Western Oregon, 12:15 p.m.; CSU Monterey Bay vs. MSU Billings, 1:15 p.m.; CSU Stanislaus vs. Northwest Nazarene, 1:30 p.m.; Western Oregon vs. Academy of Art, 2:15 p.m.; Western Washington vs. CSU East Bay, 2:15 p.m.; MSU Billings vs. Sonoma State, 3:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene vs. CSU Monterey Bay, 3:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser vs. CSU Stanislaus, 3:45 p.m.; Notre Dame de Namur vs. Saint Martin’s, 5:45 p.m.; Western Oregon vs. Chico State, 5:45 p.m.; CSU Stanislaus vs. MSU Billings, 8 p.m.). Saturday – CSU Stanislaus Tournament of Champions (Sonoma State vs. Northwest Nazarene, 8:45 a.m.; Western Oregon vs. Hawaii Hilo, 9 a.m.; Western Washington vs. UC San Diego, 10 a.m.; Sonoma State vs. Simon Fraser, 11 a.m.; Cal St. Monterey Bay vs. Central Washington, 11:15 a.m.; Western Washington vs. San Francisco State, 12:15 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene vs. Hawaii Hilo, 1:15 p.m.; Western Oregon vs. CSU Monterey Bay, 1:30 p.m.; MSU Billings vs. Chico State, 2:15 p.m.; Dominican vs. Saint Martin’s, 2:15 p.m.; Central Washington vs. Hawaii Hilo, 3:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser vs. Academy of Art, 3:45 p.m.; Chaminade vs. Saint Martin’s, 5:45 p.m.; Central Washington vs. CSU Stanislaus, 6 p.m.; MSU Billings vs. Academy of Art, 6 p.m.). Sunday – CSU Stanislaus Tournament of Champions. The first of three regional polls which will eventually determine the five at-large teams which will join the GNAC, CCAA and Pac West champions in the tournament will be held in mid-April. The tournament will feature nine of 10 teams from the California College Athletic Association, eight of 13 from the Pac West Conference and all seven from the GNAC. Prior to the tournament which begins Friday, Central Washington, Western Oregon and Western Washington will all play games in California against CCAA teams. The Wildcats will play a doubleheader today (Wednesday) at Cal State Monterey Bay and Western Oregon is in the Bay Area for a twinbill with San Francisco State. On Thursday, Western Washington and Sonoma State will play a single game at Turlock. The tournament will begin Friday. Each team will play five “pool” contests Friday and Saturday prior to bracket play on Sunday. Last year GNAC teams finished the tournament with a combined record of 24-19, finishing with a winning record for the first-time. Western Washington reached the Gold Bracket semifinals in posting a 5-1 record. Saint Martin’s won the Bronze title and had a 5-2 record and Central Washington reached the HITTING STREAKS (10 or more): 12 - *Amanda Evola, WOU. 11 – Sam Munger, SMU; Amanda Evola, WOU; Sammy Morris, SMU. 10 1