Softball Splits Final Day of Easton Classic in Utah

Feb. 10, 2018

Box Score vs. Colorado Mines | Box Score vs. Fort Lewis

SAINT GEORGE, Utah - In what turned out to be a pair of slugfests, the Western Washington University softball team split its games in the final day of the 2018 Dixie State Easton Classic played Saturday at the Canyons Softball Complex.

WWU defeated Colorado School of Mines 17-6 in the first game of the day and was defeated by Fort Lewis College 14-9 in the final game of the tournament. WWU finished the three-day, 16-team tournament with a 3-3 record and is now 3-8 on the season.

Western's two games in the windy conditions featured a combined total of 46 runs scored and 52 hits. WWU's offense accounted for 26 runs and 25 hits, including 10 extra-base hits (2B-5, HR-5).

Sophomore center fielder Jackie Lucido went 2-for-5 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI in the two games, also reaching base twice each via hit-by-pitch and walks. In the game vs. Colorado Mines she tied the WWU single-game records with 2 home runs and 7 RBI.

Freshman first baseman Rylie Wales combined to go 3-for-5 and scored 8 runs in the two games, tying the WWU single-game record in each contest with 4 runs scored.

Senior right fielder Carlie Richards (4-for-8, 4 R, 2B, 3 RBI) and sophomore shortstop Paityn Cyr (4-for-7, R, HR, 4 RBI) led the Vikings each with 4 hits combined in the two games.

WWU will take some time off before returning to the diamond with its first home game and Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener on Friday, March 2 with a doubleheader vs. Northwest Nazarene at Viking Field (12 pm first pitch).

WWU 17, Colorado Mines 6 (5 innings)  Box Score | Game Book

Sophomore center fielder Jackie Lucido went 2-for-3 with a pair of 3-run home runs and tied the WWU single-game record with 7 RBI to lead the Vikings to a 17-6 run-rule-shortened victory over the Colorado School of Mines.

The Vikings got off to a quick start in the first game of the day, building an early lead with a six-run top of the 1st inning, and added four more runs in the 2nd inning, 3 in the 4th and 5 in the 5th en route to the slugfest victory over the Orediggers.

Senior right fielder Carlie Richards opened the scoring in the 1st inning with a run-scoring single to right-center, and sophomore designated player Anna Kasner provided the big blow with a no-doubt grand slam to right-center field for her third home run of the season. It was Kasner's second career grand slam, also hitting one last season at Northwest Nazarene.

Mines scored in each of the first four innings, but couldn't keep pace with the Vikings potent offense. WWU scored four runs in the top of the 2nd inning, highlighted by four walks and a pair of hit-by-pitches, and tagged on three more runs in the top of the 4th inning on a 3-run home run by Lucido.

Lucido struck again in the top of the 5th inning with her second 3-run home run of the game, again clearing the left-center field fence to extend the lead to 17-6. The two-homer game for Lucido matched WWU's single-game record, the 15th time to happen in program history, last accomplished by Emily Benson vs. Saint Martin's in 2017. She is also just the second player in program history to homer in consecutive plate appearances, joining Jackie Rothenberger in 2011 vs. Montana State Billings.

The Vikings out-hit the Orediggers 11-8 and scored a season-high 17 runs. The 17 runs scored are the most since an 18-13 win at Montana State Billings on March 25, 2016.

Lucido also drove in a run on a hit-by-pitch to tie WWU's single-game RBI record, matching the efforts by Meghan Flem in 2009 and Rothenberger in 2011.

Richards finished 3-for-3 with a double, 4 runs scored and tied the WWU career record with her 20th hit-by-pitch. Richards and freshman first baseman Rylie Wales each scored 4 runs to tie the single-game WWU record.

Junior starting pitcher Shearyna Labasan picked up the win to improve to 2-3 on the season, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs (5 ER) in 4.0 innings. Freshman Kira Doan closed out the victory with a scoreless 5th inning, despite walking three batters.

Colorado Mines (3-4) sophomore shortstop Clara Larson went 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs and 3 RBI.

Western Washington 17, Colorado Mines 6 (Feb 10, 2018 at St. George, UT)
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Western Washington.. 640 34 - 17 11  1      (3-7)
Colorado Mines...... 212 10 -  6  8  3      (3-4)
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Western Washington - Labasan; Doan (5) and Hardy; Tibbetts; Matthews
Colorado Mines - Rogers; Redding (2); Marchando (2) and Dickson
Win-Labasan  (2-3)  Loss-Rogers(1-1)  T-2:07  A-75
HR WWU - Lucido 2 (3); Kasner (3); HR CSM - Larson 2

Fort Lewis 14, WWU 9  Box Score | Game Book

Fort Lewis College jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first two innings and held off a late WWU comeback attempt in a 14-9 victory over the Vikings to complete the Easton Classic.

The Vikings rallied to pull to within one run at 9-8 heading into the final inning, but Fort Lewis scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th inning to put the game away.

Western sophomore shortstop Paityn Cyr went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and hit her team-leading fourth home run of the season.

Freshman first baseman Rylie Wales was 2-for-3 and scored 4 runs for the second consecutive game to match the WWU single-game record. She connected on her second collegiate home run with a solo shot to left-center field in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Sophomore starting pitcher Anna Kasner (1-4) was saddled with the loss allowing 7 hits and 7 runs (6 ER) in 1.2 innings pitched. Freshman relief pitcher Kira Doan finished the game allowing 12 hits and 7 runs (6 ER) in a career-high 5.1 innings pitched.

The Skyhawks (3-7) recorded 19 hits, the second-most allowed by a Western team in the 26-year history of the program.

Leadoff hitter Allison Young went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, with first baseman Tristen Gilbert (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and left fielder Kylie Hefley (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) also recording 3-hit games.

Starting pitcher Mandy Lorenson (2-2) recorded the win allowing 11 hits and 8 runs in 6.0 innings.

Fort Lewis College 14, Western Washington 9 (Feb 10, 2018 at St. George, UT)
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Fort Lewis College.. 340 101 5 - 14 19  1      (3-7)
Western Washington.. 031 013 1 -  9 14  2      (3-8)
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Fort Lewis College - Lorenson; Decker(7) and M. Blood-Smyth
Western Washington - Kasner; Doan (2) and Matthews
Win-Lorenson(2-2)  Loss-Kasner (1-4)  T-2:58  A-75
HR FLC - Elemen; Gilbert; Hall; HR WWU - Wales (2); Cyr (4).
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