LAS VEGAS — Starting freshman Haley Couch in the circle, the Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets paired excellent pitching with their potent offense to defeat the Cal State, Dominguez Hills 8-0 during their final game at the Desert Stinger on Sunday.
The Jackets' 4-1 record is the best start in MSUB softball history, besting the previous mark of 3-2 from the 2012 Desert Stinger.
Couch (1-0, 0.00 ERA) received early run support as Heather Tracy scored on a sacrifice fly from Cameron Cassinelli. One run would be all the Yellowjackets would need against the Toros (2-3). Couch finished her day scattering four hits across five innings and recording one strikeout and one walk. Maddy Lincoln (3-1, 1.29 ERA) closed the game retiring the first three batters in the sixth inning and recording a strikeout.
The Yellowjackets will continue play in Las Vegas on Tuesday when they play a neutral-site doubleheader against the University of Hawaii Hilo.
Competing in the Desert Stinger Classic for the second time, No. 21 Chico State University completed a 5-0 weekend and claimed the at the ninth annual event.
The Wildcats were one of three undefeated teams among the field of 28, and had the best overall tournament score at plus-30 over their five games to claim the crown. Chico State is the ninth different team to win the tournament, and is the fourth champion from the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Wildcats are also 10-0 in Desert Stinger games, after sweeping through the 2017 event — their first-ever tournament — with a perfect record.
UC San Diego and Cal State University San Bernardino were also 5-0 at the tournament.