March 28, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Mackenzie Hughes (Fr., Ellensburg) provided the winning hit in the opener and Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas) had a walk-off single in the nightcap as Western Washington University swept a doubleheader with arch-rival Central Washington University, 2-1 and 4-3 in nine innings, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Friday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
WWU, which matched its season-high winning streak of four, improved to 15-8 overall and 7-5 in GNAC action. The Vikings, who scored all six of their runs on two-out hits, are 7-1 at home this season.
Central fell to 15-10 overall and 8-6 in conference play.
With the second game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) drew a walk, stole her 21st base of the year and scored the game-ending run on Keating's single up the middle.
Keating finished 3-for-5 in the game. She also had a hit in the opener. Central had taken an early 2-0 lead, scoring single runs in the first and second innings.
WWU rallied to tie the contest at 2-2, Keating driving in a run in the fifth with a single and Alexie Levin (So., Everett) leading off the sixth with a double and scoring on a single by Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer).
The Wildcats went in front again, 3-2, after scoring an unearned run in the seventh off reliever Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso).
WWU continued its clutch hitting by tying the game at 3-3 in the bottom of that frame on a single by Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) that scored Isaacson. Isaacson has reached base in every game this season.
Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ) pitched the first six innings for the Vikings, allowing two runs.
In the first game, Hughes lined a two-run single to center field to give WWU a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
DeRosier pitched a complete-game victory, allowing just three hits and retiring 13 of the last 14 batters she faced. Central's run came in the third inning.
Central's Maria Gau (8-4) got the loss despite giving up just two unearned runs.
DeRosier is now 9-3 on the year with wins in her last four appearances.
WWU next travels to Simon Fraser University on Sunday (1 p.m.) for a GNAC twinbill.
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