Feb. 9, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -
Western Washington University finished with a 3-2 won-lost record at the Montana State Billings Desert Stinger Softball Tournament as it had a three-game winning streak snapped Sunday in a 6-3 loss to Colorado State University-Pueblo at Majestic Park.
The Vikings dropped to 6-3 overall and CSUP improved to 2-3. The TimberWolves scored twice in the top of the first inning and went ahead 6-0 with four unearned runs in the fourth.
WWU's Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) was 3-for-3. She doubled home a run as the Vikings scored twice in their half of the fourth and led off the sixth with a solo homer.
Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma) topped WWU at the tourney with a .600 batting average, having nine hits in 15 at bats. Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) hit .500 (8-for-16) and led the team in runs scored with seven.
Blauser batted .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles, two home runs and seven runs batted in.
Alexie Levin (So., Everett) and Amanda Flores (Sr., Ferndale) each hit .444. Levin (8-for-18) had three doubles and seven RBI. Three of Flores' four hits were homers and she also had seven RBI.
Lauren Bennett (So., Tustin, CA/Beckman) batted .412 (7-for-17).
WWU pitcher Aspen Ison (Fr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) got two wins in as many decisions and had a 3.82 earned run average in 14- 2/3 innings.
The Vikings' next action is Sat., Feb. 22 (12 noon) when they host Northwest University.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2014 Softball Report No. 2 (Feb. 11, 2014)
W L W L H A N
Central Washington 0 0 5 0 0-0 0-0 5-0
Western Washington 0 0 6 3 0-0 3-1 3-2
MSU Billings 0 0 5 4 0-0 1-1 4-3
Northwest Nazarene 0 0 4 5 0-0 3-1 1-4
Western Oregon 0 0 2 7 0-0 0-4 2-3
Saint Martin's 0 0 0 4 0-0 0-4 0-0
Simon Fraser 0 0 0 5 0-0 0-0 0-5
LAST WEEK: Monday - Western Washington at Hawaii Pacific, cancelled. Tuesday - MSU Billings 3-7 at Dixie State 2-11; Northwest Nazarene 2-11 at Menlo 11-7; Western Washington at Chaminade, cancelled. Wednesday - MSU Billings 7-7, Hawaii Hilo 6-6 (at LV); Northwest Nazarene 5-8 at Menlo 3-4. Friday - MSU Desert Classic (CSU Dominguez Hills 10, Western Washington 5; Cal Baptist 14, Western Oregon 8; UC Colorado Springs 4, Northwest Nazarene 3; Central Washington 3, Chadron State 1; Northwest Nazarene 11, Mary 9; Western Washington 17, Black Hills State 7; Mary 9, Simon Fraser 7; Minot State 5, Western Oregon 4; MSU Billings 6, Azusa Pacific 4; Humboldt State 4, MSU Billings 3; Central Washington 10, UC-Colorado Springs 3; Chadron State 13, Simon Fraser 6; Cal Baptist 9, Northwest Nazarene 4). Saturday - MSU Desert Classic (Western Washington 13, Colorado Mines 5; Western Oregon 15, New Mexico Highlands 3; Humboldt State 6, Simon Fraser 4; Fort Lewis 9, Simon Fraser 1; CSU Dominguez Hills 6, Northwest Nazarene 5; Augustana 2, MSU Billings 0; Central Washington 10, CSU San Bernardino 7; Western Washington 5, Adams State 4; Central Washington 3, Minot State 0; MSU Billings 11, Black Hills State 8; CSU San Bernardino 6, Western Oregon 5; Azusa Pacific 5, Northwest Nazarene 2); Saint Martin's at Sonoma State, cancelled. Sunday - MSU Desert Classic (Colorado State - Pueblo 6, Western Washington 3; Central Washington 5, Western New Mexico 0; CSU Dominguez Hills 8, MSU Billings 0; Regis 13, Simon Fraser 0; Western Oregon 12, Black Hills State 9.); Saint Martin's at Academy of Art, cancelled.
THIS WEEK: Wednesday - Simon Fraser at Florida Southern (Lakeland), 5 p.m.. Saturday - Concordia Invitational (Saint Martin's vs. Simpson, 1 p.m.; Saint Martin's vs. Oregon Tech, 3 p.m); Simon Fraser at Eckerd, 1 p.m. (St. Petersburg, Fla.). Sunday - Concordia Invitational (Saint Martin's vs. College of Idaho, 1 p.m.; Saint Martin's vs. Northwest Christian, 3 p.m.); Simon Fraser at Tampa, 11 a.m.
RANKINGS: NFCA (Pre-Season) - 12. Saint Martin's.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Player - Kelsie Gardner, Western Oregon (1B, 5-8, Fr., Salem, OR - South Salem) and Brianna Kinghorn, Northwest Nazarene (1B, 5-6, Jr., Meridian, ID - Mountain View) ... Gardner had nine hits, including a pair of home runs, in 19 at bats and drove in nine runs as the Wolves averaged nearly nine runs a game in posting a 2-3 record in the MSUB Desert Stinger in Las Vegas. Gardner also had a pair of doubles and scored six runs. Kinghorn batted .407 (11-of-27), hit four home runs and drove in 12 runs as the Crusaders won four of nine games, including three of four in a series at Menlo. Pitcher - Kiana Wood, Central Washington (5-6, Fr., Aloha, OR) allowed just two runs in 24 2/3 innings, in winning three games including shutouts over Minot State (3-0) and Western New Mexico (5-0). Wood allowed 20 hits - only one against Minot (a two-out single in the first inning) - and walked five, while fanning 20 batters. Both of the runs she allowed came on solo home runs.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jill McDaniels, Central Washington (2B, 5-8, Sr., Walla Walla, WA) hit three home runs and drove in six runs in leading the Wildcats to a perfect 5-0 record at the Desert Stinger in Las Vegas. McDonald batted .375 (6-of-16) and played flawless defense at second base handling 23 chances (13 put outs, 10 assists) without an error.
WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS: Led by a perfect 5-0 record by Central Washington, which earned the Wildcats GNAC Team of the Week honors, GNAC teams finished the Desert Stinger with an overall record of 13-17. Records - Central Washington 5-0, Western Washington 3-2, MSU Billings 2-3, Western Oregon 2-3, Northwest Nazarene 1-4, Simon Fraser 0-5.
Central Washington: True-freshman Kailyn Campbell hit in all five games, batting .375 (6-of-16) and driving in six runs to match McDaniels' numbers. Austin Wilkerson, a transfer from Hawaii, and Michaela Hazlett each had five hits. Led by Kiana Wood (See Player of the Week), CWU's pitching staff had an impressive 2.20 earned run average as the Wildcats outscored their opponents 31-11.
Montana State Billings: Aubrey Conceicao put together a seven-game hitting streak and finished the week with 13 hits, including four doubles and a triple, in 29 at bats. Brittney Sanders batted .310 and led MSUB in RBI with 11. Mary Grace Bywater was impressive in the circle with a 3-0 record and 1.62 ERA. In the Desert Stinger, she didn't allow a run in 7 2/3 innings, though she was touched up for 10 hits. Among MSUB's losses was a 4-3 decision to defending West Regional champion Humboldt State, which finished the week with a 9-0 record.
Northwest Nazarene: The Crusaders finished the week with a 4-5 record, including 1-4 at Las Vegas where they lost a pair of one-run decisions. NNU showed power slamming 17 home runs, including four by Kinghorn and three each by Justine Callen, Kayla Sevier and Alyssa Nitschelm, Callen also drove in nine runs.
Simon Fraser: Danielle Raison led the Clan with five hits in 14 at bats. SFU, however, struggled in the circle allowing 50 runs and posting an 11.59 ERA. In addition to Raison, three other players had four hits in the tournament - Kaitlyn Cameron, Stefanie Sheard and Kendra Goodman. SFU now heads to Florida for six games this week.
Western Oregon: Amanda Evola hit in all five WOU games and finished the week with a six-game hitting streak. She had nine hits in 19 at bats. Among her hits were a pair of doubles and two home runs. She also drove in eight runs. Four players - Evola (.474), Kelsie Gardner (.474), Bridjet Box (.438 , 7-for-16) and Ashlie Gardner (.400, 6-of-15) - all had .400 or better averages as WOU hit for a .305 average.
Western Washington: Jordan Walley led the Vikings with nine hits in 15 at bats. Also posting impressive numbers were Autumn Isaacson (8-of-16), Emma Blauser (8-of-17) and Alexie Levin (7-of-17). Blauser, Levin and Amanda Flores, who hit three home runs, all drove in seven runs. As a team, the Vikings hit for a .379 average.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Player - Alexie Levin, Western Washington (1B, 5-7, So., Everett, WA - Everett) had seven hits in 13 at bats, scored four runs and drove in four as the Vikings won three of four games in Hawaii. Among her seven hits was a pair of doubles. Pitcher - Jenna DeRosier, Western Washington (P, 5-7, Sr., Kelso, WA) tossed complete-game wins over BYU-Hawaii (5-1) and Hawaii Hilo (6-2) allowing just 10 hits in 14 innings. She walked four and struck out five.