Saint Martin’s University’s softball team had a successful NCAA Division II tournament debut Friday in Arcata, Calif., beating Grand Canyon, 2-1, in the West 1 Regional at Humboldt State.
The fifth-seeded Saints (40-14) will play No. 1 Humboldt State (48-12) at 11 a.m. today in the double-elimination tournament. A win would put SMU into Sunday’s West 1 Regional final, with an opponent needing to beat the Saints twice to advance to the West Super Regional.
Last month, the Saints upset the then-No. 9-ranked Lumberjacks in the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Calif.
Sam Munger (23-7) won Friday by holding Grand Canyon to four hits in seven innings, striking out two and walking five. She escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the first by striking out Lauren Regester and getting Nicole Upshaw on a groundout back to the mound.
SMU took a 1-0 lead in the third. With one out, Lacey
McGladrey singled to right field. After a single by Megan Miller and a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases, McGladrey, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s player of the year, scored on a groundout by Joslyn Eugenio.
McGladrey was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth. She went to second on a sacrifice by Miller and scored on Munger’s single up the middle to make it 2-0.
Fourth-seeded Grand Canyon (39-18) scratched out a run in the fifth and threatened in the bottom of the seventh. A walk, a single and a sacrifice put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, but Munger retired Antelopes pinch-hitter Kailey Regester on a comebacker to end it.