Jacks punch sixth Tournament of Champions ticket with shutout

Jacks punch sixth Tournament of Champions ticket with shutout

April 6, 2014 Andrew R. Goetz  HSU Softball SID

April 6, 2014 Andrew R. Goetz  HSU Softball SID  TURLOCK, Calif. – It took seven years, but Humboldt State softball is the Tournament of Champions winner for the sixth time.

The Lumberjacks punched their title ticket behind Tournament MVP pitcher Liz Perez’s five-hit shutout of California Collegiate Athletic Association rival Sonoma State, 4-0, in the championship game.

HSU’s sixth Tournament of Champions title is the most of any program in the 13th annual event.

“We came here wanting to win. Our goal was to get back to the top as we wanted to come out and prove something,” stressed HSU head coach Shelli Sarchett. “Liz really has come on lately as she is working hard every day. I couldn’t be more proud of her and the whole team this weekend.”

The Jacks victory also snapped the Seawolves’ 14-game winning streak.

In the circle, Perez fanned 10 Sonoma State (30-12) hitters in her five-hit shutout and issued just one walk. For the weekend, the HSU MVP went 3-0, allowed only one earned run and struck out 30 hitters over 24 innings of work.

Dani Randall and Hannah Williams joined Perez on the All-Tournament team.

Randall powered the Jacks with a three-run first-inning home run to give HSU a lead it would never give up. For the weekend, the junior left fielder went 12-for-24 with eight RBIs. Williams recorded an 8-for-21 weekend to earn her honor.

In the semifinal, HSU (34-10) scored two runs in the first and three in the second to open a 5-0 lead, before posting an eventual 9-2 victory over Dominican.  Julie Pena added three late insurance runs with a three-run homer in the top of the sixth.

 HSU will now turn back to CCAA league action with four more games against the same Sonoma State squad in Rohnert Park next Friday andSaturday, April 11-12.