March 23, 2014
Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2
BILLINGS, Mont. -
Third baseman Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) hit a grand-slam home run in the opener and had a three-run blast in the nightcap as Western Washington University scored 25 runs on 29 hits in sweeping a doubleheader at Montana State University Billings, 12-2 in five innings and 13-5, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball action Sunday.
Shortstop Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) also had a homer in both games and matched Blauser's total by driving in seven runs for the Vikings, who improved to 13-8 overall and 5-5 in GNAC play.
MSUB fell to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in conference action.
With the first game tied at 2-2, WWU scored three runs in the fourth inning and added seven more in the fifth, all them coming after two outs as Baker hit a three-run homer and Blauser a grand slam. The contest was called after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
Trailing 4-3 in the second game, the Vikings broke it open with seven runs in the fourth as Blauser connected for a three-run homer. Baker had a two-run single in WWU's three-run first and a solo homer along with a two-run shot by Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salina, CA/Notre Dame Salinas), her first of the season, in its three-run seventh.
Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso) (7-3) was credited with both wins, pitching all five innings of the opener and the last five innings of the nightcap.
Baker finished the day 4-for-9 with four runs scored and Keating was 4-for-7 with six runs scored and three RBI.
The Vikings' Meghan Carrillo (Sr., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) was 4-for-5 in the two games and Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) was 4-for-8 with four runs scored.
The sweep gave WWU a split of its four-game road series with the Yellowjackets. Carrillo was 9-for-12 and Baker 8-for-17 with 12 RBI and six runs scored.
Isaacson continued her string of reaching base in all 21 games this season. Baker and Blauser each have five home runs this season.
The Vikings host Central Washington University on Friday, March 28 (1 p.m.), for a doubleheader at Viking Field.