March 25, 2015
Contact: Bob Guptill ([email protected])
GNAC Teams Head To Turlock for Tournament of Champions
Montana State Billings
–*Austin Wilkerson, CWU; Lindsay Miller, SMU; Kaitlyn Campbell,
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
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
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
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
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