San Francisco State 3, Chico State 1

May 15, 2005

CARSON, Calif.--(May 15, 2005)--Tossing her sixth game of the regional, San Francisco State starting pitcher Sonja Garnett "termi-gatored" No. 6-seeded Chico State (33-16) for the second time in as many days, this time by a 3-1 count, sending the No. 4-seeded Gators (41-19) to their first-ever NCAA II Softball World Series appearance from May 19-23, at the James I Moyer Softball Complex in Salem, Virginia.

Garnett scattered seven hits in allowing just one unearned run (30-8), and was aided most by Chico State's defense, which committed a total of four errors on the day, all coming in a disastrous 2nd inning during which SFSU scored all three of its unearned runs. After a Nichole Ramirez walk to begin the inning for SFSU, CSUC 3B Tera Hoppe committed consecutive fielding and throwing errors to account for one run, while 1B Chelsea Lundberg followed suit with a fielding error of her own, sending two more Gators across home plate, before a Nicole Hartfield sacrifice fly tallied the final run of the inning.

That was more than enough for Garnett, who retired the first 11 batters she faced before an Allie Shirley single broke up the perfect game in the 4th. The Wildcats had a chance to get on the board in the 5th as Lundberg beat out an infield single to begin the inning, but after Nelly Bera doubled down the left field line, Lundberg was thrown out at home to keep SFSU's shutout alive. Chico State eventually broke through in its final at-bat as a SFSU error put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Bera next singled to 3B to load the bases, but after Megan Farnham reached on a fielder's choice to bring home the Wildcats' first run of the game, Garnet induced Nickie Jarrett to ground out, ending the game and beginning the Gator celebration.

Stokx, who was undefeated through CSUC's first three games, allowed just three hits and no earned runs in dropping her second-consecutive contest to SFSU, ending her year at 14-9. The Wildcats' Shirley and Bera shared game-high honors with two hits apiece, while SFSU's Vanessa Rodrique and Nicole Hartfield paced the Gators with a hit and RBI each. The Gators will face Lynn University (FL) when the World Series begins next Thursday. Lynn took the South Region title with a 3-1 victory over West Florida this afternoon.

Box score (newspaper)
                        2005 NCAA DII Far West Softball Regional
                           San Francisco State vs Chico State
                       May 15, 2005 at Carson, CA (Toro Diamond)

San Francisco State 3 (41-19)                 Chico State 1 (33-16)

Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
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RODRIGUE 2b................  4  0  1  1       FARNHAM ss.................  4  0  0  1
HARTFIELD 3b...............  2  0  1  1       JARRET dh..................  4  0  1  0
FREEMER rf/dh..............  4  0  0  0       SHIRLEY 2b.................  3  0  2  0
HILDEBRANDT ss.............  2  0  0  0       STOKX p....................  3  0  0  0
BARTHOLAMAY cf.............  3  0  0  0       LUNDBERG 1b................  3  0  1  0
N. RAMIREZ 1b..............  1  1  0  0       HOPPE 3b...................  3  0  1  0
CUNNIE c...................  1  1  0  0       CHACON c...................  3  1  0  0
DOWELL dh/rf...............  3  1  1  0       BERA rf....................  3  0  2  0
MEYER lf...................  2  0  0  0       NEVES cf...................  3  0  0  0
GARNETT p..................  0  0  0  0       ARMAS lf/pr................  0  0  0  0
Totals..................... 22  3  3  2       Totals..................... 29  1  7  1

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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San Francisco State. 030 000 0 -  3  3  1
Chico State......... 000 000 1 -  1  7  4
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E - RODRIGUE; LUNDBERG; HOPPE 3. LOB - SFSU 6; CSUC 7. 2B - BERA. SH - HARTFIELD;
CUNNIE 2. SF - HARTFIELD.

San Francisco State            IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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GARNETT  W,30-8............   7.0  7  1  0  0  5   0  0  0  0   29 29   7  8

Chico State                    IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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STOKX  L,14-9..............   7.0  3  3  0  4  6   0  0  0  0   22 30   5  9


Strikeouts - FREEMER; HILDEBRANDT; BARTHOLAMAY; CUNNIE; MEYER 2; JARRET; STOKX;
CHACON; BERA; NEVES. Walks - HILDEBRANDT; N. RAMIREZ 2; MEYER.

Umpires - HP: Rod ADKINS  1B: Katrina KERSHAW  2B: Rick HAVSVIK
Start: 12 noon   Time: 2:00   Attendance: 261

Game: SFSCSU11

-- Courtesy Northern Kentucky