March 23, 2014
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 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.
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