TURLOCK -- No matter when or where, all roads to a softball championship seem to go through Humboldt State.
That was the case for Cal State Stanislaus on Sunday at its Tournament of Champions presented by Mizuno.
After blanking Central Washington 6-0 in a Gold Bracket game, the Warriors dropped a thriller to Humboldt State 5-4 in a semifinal at Pedretti Park.
The No. 20 Lumberjacks (32-12), the top-ranked Division II team in the West Region, went on to defeat Cal State Dominguez Hills 1-0 for the title.
Alyssa Guzman hit a two-run homer in the second inning to get the defending West Region-champion Warriors (19-17) started against Humboldt.
Doubles by Caitlin Klug and Natalie Galletly helped Humboldt go up 3-2 in the third. Warrior Britney Borba was hit by a pitch with bases loaded in the fourth to tie the game 3-3.
Stanislaus broke the tie in the sixth on Sarah Shamblin's RBI double to left-center field -- Kimiko Wright beat the relay throw to put Stanislaus ahead 4-3. But Humboldt State scored twice in the top of the seventh.
The Lumberjacks are 5-0 against Stanislaus this season.
Stanislaus starter Jessica Gaumnitz allowed three runs and five hits in 2ª innings. Jen Arnold tossed 4º innings, holding Humboldt scoreless before giving up two in the seventh.
Earlier, the Warriors scored four runs in the first inning en route to shutting out Central Washington.
Borba and Meghan Franksen hit back-to-back homers and Jessica Scholl doubled in a run to jump ahead.
Gaumnitz (12-4) went five innings, allowing just three hits. She struck out five before Arnold worked the final two innings, allowing one hit.