Western swept by Montana State Billings, 3-0 and 8-0 in five innings
March 7, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University did not score a run as it was swept, 3-0 and 8-0 in five innings, by Montana State University Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings dropped to 6-4 overall, all of the games being league counters, losing their last three straight. They have not scored in the last 20 innings.
MSUB improved to 16-8 overall and took over first place in the GNAC at 9-3. The GNAC preseason favorite Yellowjackets have won nine of their last 10 contests.
In the opener, Rebekah Tsatsa pitched a three-hit shutout for the Yellowjackets, stranding eight Western runners as she walked four, hit one batter and struck out eight. The win evened her record at 4-4.
MSUB scored the game's first run in the top of the second inning when Whitney Whittemore had a two-out single, stole second and crossed the plate on a single by Amanda Goings.
The Yellowjackets' Steph Gosselin led off the fourth with her seventh home run of the season, a line drive over the leftfield fence.
In the fifth, Goings had a leadoff single, advanced to second on an error and scored on a fielder's choice by Dawn Norcross.
Goings had two hits in the contest.
Western pitcher Sarah McEnroe (Jr., Woodinville) had her record drop to 4-2, giving up just five hits.
In the nightcap, MSUB's Lisa Moore held the Vikings to one hit, a fourth inning single by Andrea Sherrill (So., Edmonds/Kamiak). She struck out three and walked two, upping her record to 4-1.
The Yellowjackets scored six times in the third, five of the runs being unearned. The big hits in the inning were a two-run single by Shay Oberg and a two-run homer by Kelly Parsons.
Leslie Davis hit a two-run home run for MSUB in the fifth.
Stack had two hits for the Yellowjackets in the game.
Western next entertains Saint Martin's University on Saturday, March 14 (12 noon) and Sunday, March 15 (12 noon) in a pair of GNAC doubleheaders.
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