Feb. 8, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Western Washington University came from behind, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, to defeat Adams State University, 5-4, on Saturday at the Montana State Billings Desert Stinger Softball Tournament being held at Majestic Park.
Earlier in the day, the Vikings defeated Colorado School of Mines, 13-5, in a game that was called after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
WWU, 6-2 and working on a three-game winning streak, closes out tourney play Sunday (11:30 a.m.) against Colorado State Pueblo.
Trailing Adams State, 4-3, in the seventh, the Vikings loaded the bases with no outs and Lauren Bennett (So., Tustin, CA/Beckman) tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Alexie Levin (So., Everett) was hit by a pitch to again load the bases. After a strikeout, Lynsey Amundsen (Fr., Arlington) was hit by a pitch to force in the winning run.
Adams State took an early lead with two runs in the first. The Vikings went ahead 3-2 with three runs in the third, Levin and Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma) each having run-scoring singles. But the Grizzlies went in front again with two runs in the fourth, setting the stage for WWU's winning rally.
Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Vikings. Levin had two hits, running her hitting streak to 11, including the final three games of 2013. Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas) had two bunt singles and scored two runs.
Aspen Ison (Fr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) pitched the complete game victory, upping her record to 3-1.
Shortstop Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) hit a grand-slam home run, just the 15th in school history, in a six-run third inning that powered WWU over Colorado Mines
It was the second straight double-figure scoring game for the Vikings, who routed Black Hills State, 17-7, on Friday as Amanda Flores (Sr., Ferndale) tied a school record with two home runs.
Flores also had a homer in the Colorado Mines contest, a two-out, three-run shot in the top of the first when WWU scored four runs. The Vikings also got a home run from Taylor Clark (So., Tacoma/Wilson) to lead off a two-run second.
WWU's Walley was 4-for-4, and Clark and Levin each had two hits.
Getting her first collegiate win for the Vikings was freshman Shayna Adelstein (Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View), who pitched 3-2/3 innings of relief.
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