WWU splits doubleheader with Saint Martin's
April 6, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Stephanie Fox (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake) pitched her second straight shutout, extending her scoreless innings stretch to 20, and Rachelle Berry (Jr., Alger/Burlington-Edison) singled in the game's only run as Western Washington University won 1-0 over Saint Martin's University in the nightcap of a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Friday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, 9-26 overall and 5-13 in conference, lost 4-1 in the opener. Saint Martin's is 23-11-1 overall and 13-6 in GNAC play.
Fox (4-5), who survived a scare in the seventh inning, scattered nine hits, did not walk a batter, hit one and struck out one. Last Sunday, she blanked nationally No.20-ranked UC San Diego, 1-0, at the Tournament of Champions.
Fox is also working on a string of 34 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run though she has given up nine unearned runs in that stretch. That is the fifth longest streak in GNAC history, but well short of the record of 67 by WWU's Amanda Grant in 2002.
WWU's run came in the bottom of the fourth when Krista Bickar (Sr., Hoquiam) walked with one out. She advanced to third on a double down the left field line by Meghan Carrillo (So., Prunedale, CA) and scored on a single to right field by Berry.
In the top of the seventh, Saint Martin's put runners on second and third with no outs on back-to-back doubles by Taviah Jenkins and Aubree Pocklington. But Fox settled down and got a fly out to left and two ground outs to close out the game.
Berry and Carrillo each had two hits for WWU off Saints' pitcher Taylor Bakos (8-4), who allowed just five hits and worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the second.
In the opener, Saint Martin's Joslyn Eugenio doubled home two runs in a three-run first inning and singled across another in the third. She also pitched the final 2-1/3 innings, picking up her first save of the season.
Samantha Munger (11-5), who pitched the first 4-2/3 innings, got the win.
Megan Antonovich also had two hits for the Saints, doubling home the game's first run in the first and scoring after a single in the third.
WWU pitcher Jenna DeRosier (So., Kelso) faced the minimum number of batters possible for the last 4-1/3 innings following Eugenio's RBI-single in the third. The only base runner during that stretch reached on a single, but was thrown out trying to steal.
Bickar had two hits, one a double, for the Vikings. She drew a lead-off walk in the fifth and scored on a two-out single by Berry.
WWU and Saint Martin's square off in another twinbill Saturday, beginning at 12 noon.
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