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.).
Softball 2017 Season in Review
Vikings win GNAC Tournament to Return to NCAA II Championships
Kasner and Labasan Earn All-Region Honors
Freshman Anna Kasner (Pitcher) and sophomore Shearyna Labasan (Utility) named All-West Region
Historic Softball Season Comes To An End
Vikings late comeback vs. Sonoma State ends up short in 6-4 loss in elimination game
Vikings Fall to Dixie State 5-0
WWU will play Sonoma State or Cal State Monterey Bay this afternoon at 4 pm in an elimination game
Vikings Rally for 5-3 Win Over Monterey Bay
WWU opens NCAA Regional play with comeback win to continue late-season surge
Three Vikings Named NFCA All-West Region
Carlie Richards (1st Team), Emily Benson (2nd Team) and Makinlee Sellevold (2nd Team) earn all-region honors
Vikings Set for NCAA II Softball Championships
WWU will face No. 1 West Region seed Cal State Monterey Bay Thursday to open tournament play
Softball Set For NCAA II Regional Trip to Monterey
Vikings are the No. 8 seed in the NCAA II West Regional and will open vs. top-seeded Cal State Monterey Bay
Softball Claims 2017 GNAC Championship
Freshman Anna Kasner fires 2-hit shutout to earn GNAC Tournament MVP honors
Vikings Advance to GNAC Title Game
WWU wins 10th straight game with Kali Patterson hitting walk-off double in bottom of 8th inning
GNAC Softball Tournament Schedule Changes
WWU will now play Saturday at 10 am vs. winner of CWU-WOU game
Vikings Open GNAC Tourney With Walk-Off Win
WWU extends winning streak to 9 consecutive games with 5-4 win over Saint Martin’s
Vikings Open Quest for GNAC Tournament Title
WWU heads into the GNAC Championships with a current 8-game winning streak
GNAC Tournament Opener Changed to 11 am
WWU will play Saint Martin's at 11 am in the opener of the 2017 GNAC Softball Championships
Five Vikings Named All-GNAC, Kasner Nets Awards
Anna Kasner named GNAC Co-Pitcher of the Year and GNAC Co-Freshman of the Year