Vikings break out of scoring slump with sweep at WOU, 10-0 and 4-2
March 22, 2009
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Washington University broke out of a scoring drought and head coach Lonnie Hicks became the winningest coach in program history as the Vikings swept Western Oregon University, 10-0 in five innings and 4-2, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Sunday at WOU Field on the WOU campus.
The victories snapped a five-game losing streak for the Vikings, who improved to 8-6, all the games being league counters. Entering the contest, Western Washington had scored just three runs in its last 32 innings.
Hicks, who is in his eighth season as the Vikings' head coach, upped his victory total to 188 (158 losses). That broke a tie with Art Phinney (186-110-1), who directed the program from 1995 to 2001.
Western Oregon dropped to 10-8, all of its games being GNAC counters.
In the opener, Andrea Sherrill (So., Edmonds/Kamiak) hit her second home run in as many days, a two-run shot in the third inning to give the Vikings a 4-0 lead.
Western Washington scored six runs in the fourth, the big blast being a grand-slam homer by freshman Krista Bickar (Fr., Hoquiam).
Sarah McEnroe (Jr., Woodinville) (5-3) pitched a complete-game shutout for the Vikings, staying in the game after a hard line drive ricocheted off her shin in the second inning. She did not allow a hit for the first 3-2/3 innings and gave up just a pair of two-out singles in the five-inning contest.
In the nightcap, Western Oregon took a 2-0 lead as Amanda Fleer, who was 3-for-4, scored one run in the second and drove in another in the third.
The Vikings tied it at 2-2 with a two-out, two-run rally in the fourth. Michelle Wrigley (So., Bothell/Inglemoor) doubled and scored on a single by Stephanie Fox (Fr., Sammamish/Eastlake). Fox advanced on a single and intentional walk and scored on an infield error.
Western Washington, which left 16 runners on base, took a one-run lead in the sixth when Fox reached base on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Jordan Emmil (Fr., Colville) hit a lead-off home run for the Vikings in the seventh.
Pitcher Jessica Rosencrants (Sr., Sequim/Peninsula) evened her record at 3-3. She worked all seven innings, allowing 10 hits and striking out 13, two shy of the school record.
Western Washington's Meghan Flem (Jr., Hood River, OR/Hood River Valley) was 1-for-2 on the day, being walked five times, three intentionally. She scored two runs and drove in two.
The Vikings return home to host Simon Fraser University in an exhibition doubleheader Wednesday (1 p.m.).
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