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.
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WWU returns to action Friday night vs. Montana State Billings in Portland
Softball Adds Game Friday vs. MSUB in Portland
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Softball Snowed Out at Montana State Billings
WWU returns home to host CWU and Saint Martin's next weekend
Vikings Swept in Tripleheader at Montana State Billings
Freshman Kira Doan goes 5-for-11 with her first home run during the tripleheader
Softball Returns to GNAC Play at MSU Billings
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Vikings Earn Doubleheader Split at Stanislaus State
WWU earns 3-2 extra-inning victory in nightcap behind strong performance from Anna Kasner and 2-run double from Rylie Wales
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Freshman duo of Doan and Lo leads WWU to 1-0 win over Cal State East Bay
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WWU falls to Cal State San Bernardino 6-1 and San Francisco State 8-4 on Saturday
Vikings Earn Split During First Day of Tournament of Champions
WWU defeats Hawaii Hilo 4-2, after dropping heartbreaker to Cal State Monterey Bay 1-0
Softball's Thursday Game vs. Sonoma State Rained Out
The Vikings are hoping for improved weather with 6 games over the next 3 days at the Tournament of Champions
Softball Heads to Tournament of Champions
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