Western gets 5-1 win in opener at San Francisco State

Jodie Rock

March 23, 2004

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Jodie Rock (Jr., Anacortes) hit a grand-slam home run and pitcher Nicole Walker (Fr., Kenmore/Juanita) extended her string of not allowing an earned run to 23-2/3 innings as Western Washington University defeated San Francisco State University, 5-1, in the first game of a non-conference softball doubleheader Tuesday.

Rock's home run, which came in the top of the fifth inning, was her third of the season, and the fifth grand slam in school history. The Vikings, who improved to 10-4, also scored one run in the fourth on a two-out single by third baseman Adrienne Moore (Jr., Lake Forest Park/Shorecrest).

Walker, who upped her record to 6-1 and lowered her earned run average to 0.36, pitched 6-2/3 innings, allowing just one unearned run.

San Francisco State, which fell to 11-16, scored once in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs and Rachel Darrow, who had singled three straight times, at the plate. But Sarah Arnold (Fr., Vancouver/Evergreen) replaced Walker and picked up her second save by getting Darrow to pop out.

Western's Ashley Barber (So., Camas) extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fifth. Rock was 2-for-4 in the game, also hitting a double.

Following today's twinbill, Western completes its eight-game northern California road trip with doubleheaders at Chico State on Wednesday (1:30 p.m.) and Cal State Stanislaus on Friday (1 p.m.).