March 9, 2014
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Western Washington University suffered a pair of one-run losses, 5-4 and 4-3, at Central Washington University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Sunday at Frederick Field on the CWU campus.
WWU, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, fell to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in conference action. Central extended its winning streak to four games, improving to 11-4 overall and 4-0 in GNAC play.
Central won both contests with runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Wildcats overcame a 3-2 deficit with two runs in the opener and broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the nightcap.
In the second game, Central scored three unearned runs in the first.
WWU came back to tie it at 3-3 as Alexie Levin (So., Everett) smacked a two-run homer in the fourth and launched a solo shot in the sixth, giving her five on the season.
The Wildcats got the win on a one-out double by Maikala Galusha, her second two-bagger of the game.
Central pitcher Kiana Wood (5-2) was credited with the complete-game victory, giving up five hits and striking out six.
In the first game, WWU led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, only to have the Wildcats score two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Taylor Ferleman and Kailyn Campbell.
Ferleman was 3-for-4 in the contest with two runs scored besides the RBI.
WWU's Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) also was 3-for-4. She put the Vikings ahead by one with a two-out single in the top of the seventh after Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) led off with a double.
Isaacson began the game with a single in the first, scoring on a two-out single by Levin, and she had a leadoff double in WWU's two-run sixth that tied the game at 3-3. Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) doubled Issacson home and scored on a single by Lauren Bennett (So., Tustin, CA/Beckman).
Central's Maria Gau (6-1) pitched the complete-game victory, striking out seven.
Isaacson, a transfer from Bellevue CC, has reached base in all 15 games this season for WWU.
The Vikings host defending champion Saint Martin's in a GNAC Twinbill on Saturday (1 p.m.).
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