HSU softball wins again, advances to West Regional Final
CHICO, Calif. – Humboldt State softball pounded out 11 hits and Madison Williams surrendered just two hits en route to a 5-1 victory over Cal State San Bernardino Friday afternoon at University Softball Field.
With the win, the Lumberjacks improve to 40-13 and will advance to Saturday’s West Regional finale at 11 a.m.
“We set ourselves a team goal to not stress Maddie out so much and to give her some run support,” said Head Coach Shelli Sarchett. “Maddie is just throwing the ball well now, and she is stepping up big for us in postseason play.”
Williams followed up Thursday’s two-hit, 15-strikeout outing with another dominating performance versus the Coyotes. The senior tossed a complete game two-hitter and struck out nine as she secured her 22nd victory of the season.
“It’s the postseason, and I know it is win or go home,” said Williams. “We are trying to be the best we can be, and I am trusting my defense which is helping me on the field. We wanted to win the first two games, and now teams have to come up against us – they have their backs against the wall.”
HSU plated four runs in the second against San Bernardino starter Amanda Ramirez. Illa Haley doubled home the game’s first run, and Winona Vigil swatted a two-out, three-run triple to right centerfield four batters later.
Amanda Herrera broke up Williams’ no-hit bid in the fifth with a single up the middle, and the Coyotes scored their only run when Jessica Angula smacked an RBI double to left field in the following at-bat.
San Bernardino’s ace Cassandra Williams did not make the start due to a sore arm, but the lefty came on in relief of Ramirez in the third inning. She logged 4.0 innings, surrendered seven hits and one earned run. Ramirez took the loss, her eighth of the year.
Four Jacks recorded multi-hit performances, and Vigil led the way with a double and a triple. Kalyn Paque, Lona Dengler and D’Angel Zavala also finished with two hits apiece.
“I think we are finally clicking, and we are seeing the ball a lot better,” said Vigil. “I am so pumped for tomorrow. Our goal is Nationals, but we are taking it one game at a time.”
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