March 22, 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. - Despite a big day at the plate by shortstop Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge), Western Washington University gave up early leads in losing both games of a softball doubleheader at Montana State University Billings, 10-5 and 5-4, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action Saturday.
Baker was 4-for-8 with two homers, driving in five runs and scoring two as the Vikings fell to 11-8 overall and 3-5 in GNAC play. MSUB, making its first home appearance of the season, improved to 9-10 overall and 4-6 in conference action.
WWU took a 4-2 lead in the second game on a two-out, two-run shot over the left-field fence by Baker, her fifth home run of the season, tying her for the team lead.
But MSUB scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the last two both being unearned for the come-from-behind victory. Jessyka MacDonald (4-2) pitched the complete-game victory, the only Viking base runner in the last three innings reaching on an error.
Baker had a run-scoring single in WWU's two-run second.
MSUB's Hali Gruntowicz tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the bottom of that frame and brought the Yellowjackets within one, 4-3, on a two-out single in the fourth.
In the first contest, MSUB used two five-run rallies in the third and fourth innings to take a 10-2 lead. Four of its runs in the third were unearned.
Alexie Levin (So., Everett) gave WWU an early 1-0 lead in the second with a leadoff homer, her fifth. Baker had a two-run blast in the seventh.
Mary Grace Bywater (4-1) was credited with the win for the Yellowjackets.
The Vikings' Meghan Carrillo (Sr., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) was 5-for-7 in the two games, raising her batting average to .444 (16-of-36).
WWU's Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) continued her string of reaching base in every game this season.
The Vikings face MSUB in a GNAC twinbill Sunday (10 a.m.).
WWU Softball 2018 Season in Review
Junior Shearyna Labasan highlights season as First Team All-GNAC selection
Shearyna Labasan Named NFCA All-West Region
Labasan was selected to the team as Utility-Pitcher after strong junior season
Three Vikings Named to GNAC Softball All-Academic Team
Kylisa Hull, Anna Kasner and Morgan VanRiper named All-GNAC Academic
Amy Suiter Steps Down as WWU Softball Head Coach
Suiter led WWU for eight seasons from 2011-2018 and leaves with 2nd-most wins in program history
Shearyna Labasan Named First Team All-GNAC Softball
Senior Carlie Richards earns honorable mention All-GNAC for second consecutive season
Softball Ends Season Being Swept at Western Oregon
WWU drops 11-10 slugfest in the first game, ends season with 11-2 loss in the nightcap
Vikings Sweep GNAC Doubleheader at Concordia
Shearyna Labasan goes 5-for-7 and allows one unearned run in 5.0 innings pitching
Softball Closes Out 2018 Season With Oregon Road Trip
Vikings will play at Concordia on Saturday and Western Oregon on Sunday
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