Feb. 12, 2015
Contact: Bob Guptill ([email protected])
GNAC Teams Head to Las Vegas for MSUB Desert Stinger Tournament
Montana State Billings
Fraser vs. New Mexico Highlands; MSU Billings vs. UT Permian
31 Teams To Compete at Majestic Park
PORTLAND, Ore. – All seven Great Northwest Athletic
softball teams head to Las Vegas this weekend to compete
in the sixth annual Desert Stinger collegiate softball
LAST WEEK: Friday – Tucson Division II Lead-Off Classic (St.
Mary’s, Tex. 4, Western Oregon 1; Western Oregon 11, New
Haven 6). Saturday – Western Washington 2-3 at Chaminade 7-0;
Saint Martin’s 0-2 at UC-San Diego 3-3; Simon Fraser 1-2 at Hawaii
Pacific 3-6; Tucson Division II Lead-Off Classic (West Texas A&M
5, Western Oregon 1; Fort Lewis 10, Western Oregon 7, 8 inn.).
Sunday – Saint Martin’s 1-1 at UC San Diego 3-2; Tucson Division II
Lead-Off Classic (East Central Oklahoma 13, Western Oregon 12, 8
inn.; Western Oregon 4, Molloy 2).
The tournament is hosted by GNAC member Montana
State University Billings.
The GNAC schools are among 31 teams from seven
different conferences which begin play Friday at Majestic
In addition to the seven GNAC teams the tournament will
also feature six teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic
Conference and five from the California Collegiate Athletic
THIS WEEK: Monday – Simon Fraser 4-10 at Chaminade 3-0 (1st
game, 10 inn.); Western Washington 8-2 at BYU-Hawaii 1-1.
Tuesday – Simon Fraser 9-10 at BYU-Hawaii 1-6; Western
Washington 8-1 at Hawaii Pacific 9-5 (1st game, 8 inn.).
Wednesday – Concordia 2-3 at Saint Martin’s 3-11; Northwest
Nazarene 0-4 at William Jessup 4-6. Friday – MSUB Las Vegas
Desert Stringer (11:30 a.m. – Humboldt State vs. MSU Billings; Cal
Baptist vs. Western Washington; New Mexico Highlands vs.
Central Washington; UC-Colorado Springs vs. Simon Fraser. 2
p.m. – Cal Baptist vs. Western Oregon; Fort Lewis vs. Western
Washington; CSU San Bernardino vs. Simon Fraser. 4:30 p.m. –
Sonoma State vs. MSU Billings; Humboldt State vs. Central
Washington; CSU Dominguez Hills vs. Saint Martin’s; Notre Dame
de Namur vs. Northwest Nazarene. 7 p.m. – Minot State vs.
Northwest Nazarene; Azusa Pacific vs. Saint Martin’s; Western
New Mexico vs. Western Washington, CSU Monterey Bay vs.
Western Oregon.). Saturday – MSUB Las Vegas Desert Stringer
(11:30 a.m. – Augustana vs. MSU Billings; Western New Mexico
vs. Northwest Nazarene; Dixie State vs. Central Washington; Saint
Martin’s vs. Regis, 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. – CSU San Marcos vs. MSU
Billings; Sonoma State vs. Northwest Nazarene; Dixie State vs.
Western Washington; Western Oregon vs. Augustana. 4:30 p.m.
– Humboldt State vs. Western Oregon; Azusa Pacific vs. Simon
Fraser; Cal Baptist vs. Saint Martin’s; CSU Dominguez Hills vs.
Central Washington. 7 p.m. – CSU San Bernardino vs. Northwest
Nazarene; CSU Monterey Bay vs. Western Washington; Sonoma
State vs. Saint Martin’s, Mary vs. Simon Fraser). Sunday – MSUB
Las Vegas Desert Stringer (11:30 a.m. – CSU Dominguez Hills vs.
MSU Billings; Eastern New Mexico vs. Central Washington; Notre
Dame de Namur vs. Western Washington; Simon Fraser vs. CSU
San Marcos; UT Permian Basin vs. Western Oregon. 2 p.m. –
Minot State vs. Saint Martin’s; Regis vs. Western Oregon; Simon
Also entered are four teams from the PacWest and
Northern Sun conferences, three teams from the
Heartland Conference and one from the Lone Star
Five nationally-ranked schools are entered including the
PacWest’s Dixie State which reached the national
championship game last season and are ranked third in the
NFCA pre-season poll.
For Central Washington and Montana State Billings the
games will be their season openers.
The other five GNAC teams all made their season debuts
last week and earlier this week in California and Arizona.
Western Oregon began its season at the Tucson Lead-Off
Classic winning two of six games. Two of the losses were
in extra innings.
Saint Martin’s opened its campaign last weekend with a
four-game series at UC-San Diego. The Saints, who split
two home games Wednesday with Concordia (Ore.), lost
all four, but allowed just 11 runs to the CCAA team.