TURLOCK, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific bounced back in a big way after being shut out by Humboldt State Friday in its opening game of play in the Tournament of Champions, scoring a combined 13 runs on 18 hits in victories over Cal State San Bernardino and Academy of Art Friday afternoon.
Other than giving up three two-out runs to Humboldt State in the fifth inning of a 3-0 loss, the Cougars blanked Cal State San Bernardino, 6-0, and ran away from Academy of Art for a 7-2 victory. Sophomore second baseman Katrina Oviedo led the way with multiple hits in all three games, going six-for-10 on the day with a double and three RBIs.
Three other Cougars batted .375 or better on the day, with senior shortstop Rachel Miller batting five-for-11 with four runs, one home run, and three RBIs. Freshman Madison Hernandez went four-for-nine, and senior rightfielder Brandi Andrews was three-for-eight on the day.
In the first game, senior pitcher Rita Kim surrendered three runs in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, issuing a pair of two-out walks before Humboldt State scored all of its runs on consecutive two-out singles after Kim had walked the bases loaded. Outside of that, Kim otherwise went virtually unscathed, allowing just one other hit the rest of the game.
The Cougars had runners at first and second with one out in both the fourth and fifth innings, and Oviedo led off the sixth with a base hit, but none of those opportunities produced a single run for Azusa Pacific.
The scoring drought didn’t last very long after the opener, as Miller collected a leadoff single and scored for the lone run in the bottom of the first of a 6-0 win over Cal State San Bernardino. The Cougars added two more in the third inning and one in the fourth, and Miller hit a two-out solo home run to cap a two-run sixth inning and provide the final margin of the 6-0 win over the Coyotes.
Senior pitcher Taryn Devich threw six shutout innings, scattering five hits with four strikeouts, and Mariah Worley struck out two in a scoreless seventh to complete the shutout. Miller finished three-for-four on the game, with Oviedo and Hernandez each going two-for-three in the victory.
To close out the day, Azusa Pacific rallied from a 2-1 deficit against Academy of Art with single unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead for good. Miller, Oviedo, and Hernandez each drove in runs during a four-run sixth inning, and all three finished the game with two hits apiece. Kim was back in the pitcher’s circle for the complete-game win, notching seven strikeouts while scattering two runs on seven hits and three walks.
With two wins on the day, Azusa Pacific improved to 19-14 overall heading into the second day of play at the Tournament of Champions, which is hosted by Cal State Stanislaus. The Cougars match up with Cal State Monterey Bay at 10 a.m. and Chico State at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.