WWU crushed by Montana State Billings, 15-1 and 11-3
March 7, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Second baseman Jenna VanEykeren, designated hitter Annaleisha Parsley and outfielder Rose Harrington led a 26-run, 31-hit assault for Montana State University Billings as the Yellowjackets swept Western Washington University, 15-1 and 11-3, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Wednesday at the Skagit Valley CC Field.
The Vikings fell to 3-15 overall and 1-7 in GNAC play. MSUB, which had 11 extra-base hits, improved to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in conference action.
Parsley was 5-for-6 on the day with seven runs batted in and two runs scored, Harrington was 6-for-9 with three RBI and four runs scored, and VanEyjeren was 6-for-8 with four RBI and four runs scored.
In the opener, MSUB tied the Vikings' school record for most runs against, the mark originally set by Pacific Lutheran in 1994. The Yellowjackets had 14 hits, five of them for extra bases including two doubles, two triples and one home run.
MSUB scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second and seven in the third as the game ended after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
Leading the Yellowjackets' attack were VanEykeren, who was 3-for-4, drove in four runs and scored two; and Nicole Wilkerson, who was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
In he second, MSUB's Meg Harasymczuk hit her team-leading fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot.
Pitcher Kasie Condor (3-0) got the win for MSUB. She allowed just five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. WWU's one run came in the second when Krista Bickar (Sr., Hoquiam) got the first of her two hits in the game, and pinch runner Allie Crowe (Fr., Auburn/Thomas Jefferson) later scored on a single by Jenna DeRosier (So., Kelso).
DeRosier, who prevailed 3-2 in a pitchers duel Tuesday, gave up 12 runs, all of them earned.
In the nightcap, MSUB led by just one run, 4-3 after five innings, but exploded for four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Parsley was 3-for-3 with five RBI and one run scored, breaking the game open with a three-run homer, her second of the season, in the sixth. Harrington was 4-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored, and VanEykeren had three hits and scored twice.
Amanda Todd (1-1) got the win in relief for the Yellowjackets, and Janelle Kasch (Fr., Snohomish) (0-5) was the loser for WWU.
WWU next entertains Central Washington University in a GNAC doubleheader Saturday (1 p.m.) at SVCC.
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