TEMPE, Ariz. - Western Michigan softball was aided by the long ball in an 11-2, six-inning, victory over Temple to open the 2008 season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Samantha Vargocko hit the first two home runs of her career in a 2-for-3, five-RBI effort in the opener.
It was the Sam Vargocko show in Western Michigan's (1-0) season opener as the junior went 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Vargocko smashed the first two home runs of her career to help lift the Broncos to an 11-2 win over Temple (0-1) of the Atlantic 10.
Vargocko plated her first two RBIs in the Broncos' opening inning where they scored six runs. Sarah Thomas led off the inning, and the season, with a single through the left side. Molly Mroczek followed with a double down the right field line and Amanda Gelder grounded out to score Thomas and give WMU a 1-0 lead. Brittney Reist stepped to the plate, smacking a double right center field to score Mroczrk, then Meghan Thomas hit her first-career home run to bring two more runs across the plate.
Meghan Thomas earned her first win of the season in the circle. The sophomore went 6.0 innings without allowing an earned run and scattering just four hits, while fanning a pair of Temple batters.
Vargocko's home run came after Nina Ojala drew a base on balls, which forced Temple's starting pitcher back to the dug out after just two-thirds of an inning of work.
Western Michigan was not done. After the Owls scored a pair of runs on three hits and one error, the Broncos scored three more runs in the fifth inning on one swing of the bat from Vargocko. Her blast to left field scored Reist, who led off with a single, and Molly Lange, was hit by a pitch.
The Brown & Gold scored their final two runs of the game in the top of the sixth when Gelder and Reist went yard in back-to-back at bats. Reist was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Lexi Jager also collected her first collegiate base hit with a single through the left side in the top of the fourth inning.
Temple had one last chance to extend the game to a seventh inning but after the lead-off batter reached on a walk, WMU ended the inning, and the game by turning its second double play.
Western Michigan fell to No. 4/5 Arizona State, 6-0, in the night cap on the first day of the Kajikawa Classic. WMU opens with California on Saturday evening.