Softball Sweeps Day Two of Easton Classic

Feb. 9, 2018

Box Score vs. Cal Baptist | Box Score vs. CSU-Pueblo

SAINT GEORGE, Utah - The Western Washington University softball team picked up its first wins of the 2018 season, beating California Baptist 9-1 in the morning game and Colorado State-Pueblo 5-4 in the evening to conclude the second day of the Dixie State Easton Classic held at the Canyons Softball Complex.

WWU (2-7) entered the day dropping its first seven games of the season, but put that behind them to pick up the sweep. The win over Cal Baptist, who entered the season receiving votes in the NFCA Division II preseason poll, was in a run-rule-shortened five innings, while the victory over Colorado State-Pueblo came in walk-off fashion.

"We are a very young team and it is part of the process for us to learn the lessons we need to learn and there is no skipping that step," said WWU head coach Amy Suiter. "This group is determined to learn fast and it showed with our adjustments in today's game. Trust the process and learn every lesson the game teaches us that is our moto right now."

Junior third baseman/pitcher Shearyna Labasan starred for the Vikings at the plate and in the circle, playing a big part in both victories. She went 4-for-5 at the plate and reached base in six of her seven plate appearance. She hit a 3-run home run in the game vs. CSU-Pueblo, her first career home run. She also recorded the win vs. California Baptist, allowing 1 run and 2 hits in the 5.0-inning complete game. For the season she is batting .571 (16-for-28) with a .636 on-base percentage.

Senior right fielder/first baseman Carlie Richards combined to go 3-for-7 in the two games, and plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning vs. CSU-Pueblo on a single to right field.

Sophomore Anna Kasner recorded her first win of the season in the game vs. CSU-Pueblo, notching her 17th career victory to move into 15th in WWU history.

The Vikings conclude play in the Easton Classic tomorrow with games against Colorado School of Mines (12:30 pm MT/11:30 am PT) and Fort Lewis (3:00 pm MT/2:00 pm PT). WWU's first home game will be its Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener on Friday, March 2 with a doubleheader vs. Northwest Nazarene at Viking Field (12 pm first pitch).

WWU 9, Cal Baptist 1 (5 innings)  Box Score | Game Book

The Vikings started out the day with an impressive 9-1 victory over California Baptist in a game that was run-rule shortened to five innings.

Starting pitcher Shearyna Labasan (1-3) earned the win allowing just 2 hits and 1 run in the complete-game effort. After allowing a leadoff home run to 2017 PacWest Player of the Year Caitlyn Lloyd, Labasan retired 15 of her last 16 batters faced to pick up her first win of the season. She threw 56 pitches with 40 strikes in the contest, strikeout out 5 and not walking a batter.

WWU jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the top of the 1st inning, with senior right fielder Carlie Richards providing the big hit with a 2-run single through the right side of the infield.

After Lloyd's leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning, Cal Baptist (4-2) had only one other runner reach base in the game, a two-out double by first baseman Hanna Thieroff in the 4th inning.

WWU extended its lead to 5-1 with a pair of unearned runs as a result of two fielding errors. Freshman left fielder Lauren Lo recorded the first two hits in the game with a leadoff double to left-center field for her first collegiate extra-base hit.

The Vikings put the game out of reach with a four-run 5th inning, bringing the 8-run rule after five innings into effect. Western sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame, with Labasan, Anna Kasner, Jackie Lucido and Lo all recording run-scoring hits in the inning.

Labasan (2-for-3, R, RBI) helped lead WWU's 9-hit attack with her fifth multi-hit game of the season and Lo was 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI. Freshman second baseman Kira Doan went 1-for-3 and scored 3 runs.

Western Washington 9, California Baptist 1 (Feb 09, 2018 at St. George, UT)
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Western Washington.. 320 04 -  9  9  0      (1-7)
California Baptist.. 100 00 -  1  2  4      (3-2)
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Western Washington - Labasan and Hardy
California Baptist - Springstead; Stapp (5) and Alarcon
Win-Labasan (1-3)  Loss-Springstead (1-1)  T-1:24  A-35
HR CBU - Lloyd
Weather: 51 degrees, Sunny

WWU 5, Colorado State-Pueblo 4  Box Score | Game Book

The Vikings completed the sweep defeating Colorado State-Pueblo 5-4 in walk-off fashion. The game-winning run scored on a single to right field by senior first baseman Carlie Richards, when Shearyna Labasan was ruled safe on the play at homeplate on a catcher's obstruction call.

WWU built a 3-0 lead on a 3-run home run by Labasan in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but the ThunderWolves rallied to score a pair of runs in each the 4th and 5th innings to take a 4-3 lead.

WWU leveled the score on a bases loaded squeeze bunt by Kylisa Hull in the 6th inning and then scored the game-winner with no outs recorded in the bottom of the 7th. Prior to Richards' game-winning hit (no RBI was recorded on the play), Labasan and sophomore shortstop Paityn Cyr set the table leading off the inning with back-to-back singles.

Labasan went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and 3 RBI at the plate, and Richards was 2-for-4.

Sophomore starting pitcher Anna Kasner (1-3) recorded the complete-game victory allowing 8 hits and 4 runs (2 ER). The 2017 GNAC co-Pitcher of the Year struck out 7 batters and recorded 2 walks.

CSU-Pueblo (1-3) catcher Michaela Burpee finished 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Relief pitcher K'Lee Kent (0-2) was saddled with the loss allowing 4 hits and 1 run in 1.0 innings.

Western Washington 5, CSU-Pueblo 4 (Feb 09, 2018 at St. George, UT)
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CSU-Pueblo.......... 000 220 0 -  4  8  4      (1-3)
Western Washington.. 003 001 1 -  5  7  1      (2-7)
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CSU-Pueblo - Lashley; Kent(6) and Burpee
Western Washington -- Kasner and Matthews
Win-Kasner (1-3)  Loss-Kent(0-2)  T-2:18  A-45
HR CSUP - Burpee (1); HR WWU - Labasan (1)
Weather: 65 Degrees, Cloudy

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