Quint dominates again
Three wins shy of conference record for victories in a season
TURLOCK, Calif. --- Western Washington pitcher Erika Quint ran her record to 17-0 with two victories as the Vikings defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills, 5-3, and Humboldt State, 5-2, in the first-day of pool play action Friday at the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions.
The Vikings, ranked No. 6 in this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 23-4. CSUDH fell to 17-14 and Humboldt State dropped to 13-13.
Quint, who lowered her earned run average to 1.01, started both games for Western, working five innings against CSUDH and 5.2 innings versus Humboldt State. She allowed just one run and five hits, all singles, in 10.2 innings pitched while striking out 13 and walking one.
The wins ran Quint’s school-record streak to 17, three short of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record. She is now just one win shy of tying her sister Jackie’s WWU season record of 18 victories in 2007.
Western trailed CSUDH 1-0 after the Toros scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning. But the Vikings rallied for five runs in the bottom of that frame on four hits, three of them doubles by Caitlin Dotlich, Stephanie Fox and Krista Bickar and one error.
Devyn Baker pitched the last two innings for the Vikings, giving up a two-run homer to Melissa Pacheco in the sixth before tossing a scoreless seventh.
Western, which snapped a nine-game series losing streak against Humboldt State, held a 4-0 lead over the Lumberjacks after five innings.
The Vikings scored two runs in the first on bases-loaded walks to Jackie Rothenberger and Samantha Rutherford. They got an unearned run in the second and Krista Bickar singled across a run in the fourth.
In the seventh, Rutherford singled and scored on a double by Dotlich.
Taking over from Quint with two outs and none on in the sixth, Jenna DeRosier gave up single runs in the sixth and seventh.