Saint Martin’s debuts with win at NCAA softball tournament

ARCATA, Calif. — The Saint Martin’s softball team made their debut in the NCAA Division II tournament a success Friday, beating Grand Canyon, 2-1, in the West 1 regional at Humboldt State.

The Saints (40-14) will play (Humboldt or UC San Diego) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament. A win in that game would put them into Sunday’s round, with an opponent needing to beat SMU twice to win the regional.

Sam Munger (23-7) earned the win by holding the Lopes to four hits in seven innings. She also drove in Lacey McGladrey with an RBI single that proved to be the game-winner in the fifth inning.

Munger, who had two hits, struck out two and walked five. She escaped a two on, one-out jam in the first by striking out cleanup hitter Lauren Regester and getting Nichole Upshaw on a ground out back to the mound.

SMU took a 1-0 lead in the third. With one out, McGladrey singled to right field and, after a single by Megan Miller and Munger’s fielder’s choice, scored on a ground out by Joslyn Eugenio.

McGladrey, who had two hits and scored both runs, was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth. She went to second on Miller’s sacrifice and scored on Munger’s single up the middle to make it 2-0.

Grand Canyon (39-18) scratched out a run in the fifth and threatened in the bottom of the seventh. A walk, single and sacrifice put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, but Munger retired pinch-hitter Kailey Regester on a comebacker to end it.