March 7, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University showed its versatility, using the big inning to win the opener and manufacturing runs to take the nightcap, in beginning Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball play with a doubleheader sweep of Simon Fraser University, 13-3 in five innings and 3-0, on Friday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
WWU, which has won seven of its last eight games, improved to 10-3. SFU fell to 0-11 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
The Vikings' Alexie Levin (So., Everett) (1-0) made her first extended pitching performance of the season in the second game, scattering four hits in six innings. She also had a three-run homer in the first game.
WWU took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap. Lynsey Amundson had a one-out infield single. Pinch runner Taylor Clark (Sr., Tacoma/Wilson) advanced to second on a groundout, to third on a passed ball and scored on a two-out single through the right side by Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas).
The Vikings made it 2-0 in the fifth. Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) walked, stole second and third, and came home on an infield hit by Levin.
Arianna Barrio (So., Stanwood/Lakewood) doubled home another run in the sixth.
Levin struck out two and walked two. Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View) earned a save with a three ground-out seventh.
WWU scored 11 runs on nine hits in the first inning of the opener. The big blows were a three-run double by Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) and a three-run homer by Levin.
Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) had an RBI double as the Vikings added two runs in the fourth.
Simon Fraser scored all three of its runs in the fourth. Nicole Ratel had a two-run single for the Clan.
Isaacson, a transfer from Bellevue CC, has reached base in every game this season.
The Vikings are at Central Washington on Sunday (12 noon) for a GNAC doubleheader.
Vikings Split Doubleheader at Central Washington
WWU wins game one 3-1, falls in no-hitter 8-0 in nightcap
Softball Endures Pair of One-Run Losses at Saint Martin's
WWU lets lead slip away in pair of close defeats in GNAC play
Vikings Fall to MSUB 4-1 in GNAC Play
Rylie Wales goes 1-for-2 with a Sac Fly to extend hitting streak
Softball Takes to the Road for Five GNAC Games
WWU returns to action Friday night vs. Montana State Billings in Portland
Softball Adds Game Friday vs. MSUB in Portland
Game will serve as makeup contest from snowed out March 31 game in Billings
Softball Drops a Pair of One-Run Games to Saint Martin's
Vikings close out home schedule with close games vs. Saint Martin's in GNAC play
Vikings Earn Split vs. CWU With Solid Performance
WWU falls 5-3 in extra innings in the first game vs. CWU, rebounds with 8-0 win in the nightcap
Expected Rain Shuffles Softball Schedule this Weekend
Vikings will now host GNAC doubleheaders on Friday (CWU) and
Softball Snowed Out at Montana State Billings
WWU returns home to host CWU and Saint Martin's next weekend
Vikings Swept in Tripleheader at Montana State Billings
Freshman Kira Doan goes 5-for-11 with her first home run during the tripleheader
Softball Returns to GNAC Play at MSU Billings
WWU will play three games Friday beginning at 10 am MT and one on Saturday (weather permitting)
Vikings Earn Doubleheader Split at Stanislaus State
WWU earns 3-2 extra-inning victory in nightcap behind strong performance from Anna Kasner and 2-run double from Rylie Wales
Vikings Earn Split During Final Day of Tournament of Champions
Freshman duo of Doan and Lo leads WWU to 1-0 win over Cal State East Bay
Vikings Drop Pair of Games in Tournament of Champions
WWU falls to Cal State San Bernardino 6-1 and San Francisco State 8-4 on Saturday
Vikings Earn Split During First Day of Tournament of Champions
WWU defeats Hawaii Hilo 4-2, after dropping heartbreaker to Cal State Monterey Bay 1-0