Vikings Split Softball Doubleheader vs. Concordia

March 11, 2018

Game 1 - Box Score | Game 2 - Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University softball team split its doubleheader against Concordia University, winning the first game 3-0 and dropping the nightcap 4-3, Sunday afternoon in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Viking Field.

WWU is now 7-12 overall and 4-4 in GNAC play. After opening the season 0-7, the Vikings are 7-5 over their last 12 games. The split moves Concordia to 12-9 overall and 2-2 in league play.

WWU sophomore shortstop Paityn Cyr (Mount Vernon, WA) combined to go 3-for-5 with a double, home run and 5 RBI in the doubleheader. She connected on her team-leading 5th home run of the season in the first game, accounting for all the scoring with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning.

Sophomore starting pitcher Anna Kasner (Milton, WA/Fife) twirled a complete-game, 2-hit shutout with 7 strikeouts in first game. The 2017 GNAC co-Pitcher of the Year closed out her third victory of the season retiring 16 of the final 17 batters she faced.

Overall, Kasner and second game starting pitcher Shearyna Labasan (Jr., Mililani, HI/Maryknoll) combined to allow only 6 hits without allowing an earned run in the doubleheader with each firing a complete game.

The Vikings close out their 10-game homestand next Saturday hosting Simon Fraser University in a doubleheader starting at noon at Viking Field. The home games will be streamed live via WWU also travels across the border next Sunday to take on SFU with a GNAC doubleheader starting at noon at Beedie Field.

Game 1: WWU 3, CU 0 Box Score | Game Book

Sophomore starting pitcher Anna Kasner recorded a 2-hit shutout, retiring 16 of the final 17 batters she faced, and sophomore shortstop Paityn Cyr hit a 3-run home run to lead the Vikings to the 3-0 victory in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

The game was scoreless through the first three innings before the Vikings broke through. After being held without a hit in their first three at-bats, Shearyna Labasan led off the 4th inning with a sharp single to left field. After freshman catcher Erica Hardy (Henderson, NV/Coronado) drew a walk and a fielder's choice, Cyr drilled a 2-2 pitcher over the left field fence for her team-leading 5th home run of the season.

After allowing a pair of baserunners in the 2nd inning on a walk and single, Kasner settled down to retired 14 consecutive batters between the 2nd and 7th innings. She allowed a one-out single in the top of the 7th inning, but got a flyout and then the final batter of the game was called out for wearing an incorrect jersey number.

Four different players recorded a hit for the Vikings, with Cyr's home run providing all the scoring.

Concordia's Alexandria Steen recorded both of Concordia's hits going 2-for-3. Starting pitcher Jessica Lambourn did not factor into the decision facing the minimum over her 3.0 innings of work. She was the benefactor of a 1-6-4-3 triple play in the 3rd inning, but the line drive that caromed off her arm to start the triple play caused her to leave the game.

Relief pitcher Kayla Langerquist (4-5) was credited with the loss allowing 3 runs on 3 hits in 0.1 innings of work.

Western Washington 3, Concordia 0 (March 11, 2018 at Bellingham, WA)
Concordia........... 000 000 0 -  0  2  1      (11-9, 1-2 GNAC)
Western Washington.. 000 300 X -  3  4  0      (8-11, 4-3 GNAC)
Concordia - Lambourn; Lagerquist (4); Byron (4) and Somers
Western Washington - Kasner and Hardy
Win-Kasner (3-6)  Loss-Lagerquist (4-5)  T-1:43
HR WWU - Cyr (5)

Game 2: CU 4, WWU 3  Box Score | Game Book

Both teams were locked in a pitcher's duel in the nightcap, with WWU's Shearyna Labasan having a no-hitter through the first five innings and CU's McKenzie Smith allowing only one hit and one walk in her first 5.0 innings of work.

Concordia struck first with Smith helping her own cause hitting a grand slam in the top of the 6th inning. After allowing only two baserunners through her first 5.0 innings (both walks), the Cavaliers rallied to load the bases on a single and two errors by Western freshman third baseman Sam Silver (Mount Vernon, WA). Smith then connected on her first home run of the season clearing the center field fence.

Western answered with 3 runs of its own in the bottom of the 6th inning to pull to within one run at 4-3. Erica Hardy plated the first run with a double to the right-center field gap and Cyr drilled a 2-run double to right-center field. WWU's rally was stalled when Smith induced a pair of unassisted groundouts to first base.

The Vikings put the tying run in scoring position, and potential game-winning run on base in the bottom of the 7th inning, but couldn't bring home the equalizer. Freshman second baseman Kira Doan (Brier, WA/Mountlake Terrace) led off with an infield single and moved to third base on a two-out infield single by freshman left fielder Lauren Lo (Issaquah, WA/Skyline). WWU's comeback would end when Hardy popped out to second base to end the game.

Cyr finished 2-for-3 with 2 RBI as the Vikings were limited to 5 hits in the game, and 9 hits total in the doubleheader.

Labasan (4-5) dropped her second consecutive decision after having a personal 4-game winning streak. The sophomore allowed 4 hits and 4 runs (no earned runs) while recording her 7th complete game of the season. She struck out 4 and issued 4 walks in her 9th start of the season.

Smith improved to 5-1 on the season allowing 5 hits and 3 runs (2 ER) in her complete-game effort. She struck out 4 and issued a pair of walks. Smith was 1-for-3 with a grand slam at the plate, as four different Cavaliers recorded a hit.

Concordia 4, Western Washington 3 (March 11, 2018 at Bellingham, WA)
Concordia........... 000 004 0 -  4  4  1      (12-9, 2-2 GNAC)
Western Washington.. 000 003 0 -  3  5  2      (7-12, 4-4 GNAC)
Concordia - Smith and Somers
Western Washington - Labasan and Hardy
Win-Smith (5-1)  Loss-Labasan (4-5)  T-1:46  A-227
HR CU - Smith (1)

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