Chico State Defense Limits Sonoma State in 7-0 NCAA Tournament Victory

By UC San Diego

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LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The 22nd ranked Chico State softball team made the most of an efficient day at the plate to claim a convincing 7-0 victory over fellow California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rival Sonoma State in a first round NCAA West Regional matchup Thursday at Triton Softball Field.

The Wildcats scored seven runs on seven hits to claim the NCAA Tournament victory and improved to 30-15 on the season. Sonoma State, which managed just two hits off Chico State pitcher Brook Larsen, fell to 35-19.

With today’s victory, third-seeded Chico State advances to face the No. 2 seed and regional host UC San Diego tomorrow at 12 Noon. Sonoma State will play Central Washington, which dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to the Tritons earlier in the day, in a 2:30 p.m. elimination game.

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After a scoreless opening frame, Chico State’s offense came alive to score a pair of runs in each of the next two innings to claim a 4-0 lead after three innings. A pair of Wildcats registered multiple RBI, while first baseman Reilani Peliti went two-for-two at the plate with two RBI.

Chico State pitcher Larsen earned her 19th victory of the season against just six losses by limiting last week’s CCAA Tournament champion Sonoma State to just a pair of hits, while striking out four batters.