ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Cal State San Marcos cruised past Dickinson State University with a 7-1 win in game two of the 2013 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round Park Bracket Monday (May 13) at Heritage Park.
The Cougars (41-10 overall) advance to the winners bracket where they will face host Park University Tuesday at noon while the Blue Hawks (25-15 overall) face Marian University in an elimination game Tuesday at 3 p.m.
CSUSM plated the game's first run in the second inning as Sarah Quiambao led with a double to left before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt from Patricia Banda. Quiambao scored the first of her three runs on the day giving the Cougars the early 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tani Leasau.
The same three batters built on the Cougars' lead getting a lead-off single by Quiambao to open the fourth inning. Leasau followed belting the first pitch from Dickinson State's starting pitcher Taysia Kaufman down the left field line for a two-run home run, her second of the season, as she was 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBIs.
The 3-0 lead was all starting pitcher Cortney Allen needed as she threw five scoreless innings striking out nine batters allowing just four hits. Allen improved to 32-5 on the season.
CSUSM extended its lead to 5-0 with two runs in the fifth with Quiambao adding an RBI double and later came around to score on a single by Banda.
For the third straight inning, the Cougars scored two runs in the sixth and the Blue Hawks broke the shutout with a two-out single from Janell LaRont as Dickinson State recorded three of its nine hits in the final inning against reliever Katie Wilkinson.
The Blue Hawks had their share of chances to keep the game close but left nine runners on base as eight of their nine hits were singles with Kaufman driving the only extra-base hit.
Dickinson State's Kaufman took the loss falling to 11-4 on the year pitching 4 1/3 innings giving up five runs while relief pitcher Nicole Lobato finished the game.