WWU Softball Sweeps GNAC Doubleheader at SFU

April 13, 2017

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Updated Season Stats

BURNABY, B.C. - The Western Washington University softball team got off to a good start to the second half of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season, sweeping a doubleheader at Simon Fraser 7-4 and 7-2 Thursday evening at Beedie Field.

Beginning a stretch of 14 games over the final three weeks of the season, the Vikings won their third consecutive game to improve to 20-15 overall and moved into a tie for 3rd place in the conference with a 9-7 league mark. Simon Fraser falls to 8-24 overall and 4-12 in league play.

The junior duo of first baseman Emily Benson (West Richland, WA/Kamiakin) and third baseman/pitcher Makinlee Sellevold (Everett, WA/Cascade) led the way in the sweep, combining to go 9-for-15 at the plate with 6 RBI. Sellevold also closed out the win in the second game while recording her 200th career strikeout.

Freshman Anna Kasner (Milton, WA/Fife) continued to storm through the GNAC, recording a complete-game victory in the first game to improve to 11-5 overall and 7-1 in 8 starts in conference play.

Overall the Vikings out-hit the Clan 22-8 in the doubleheader, with Sellevold (5-for-8, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), Shearyna Labasan (4-for-7, 4 R, 4 RBI), Carlie Richards (4-for-7, 2B, 3 RBI), Benson (4-for-7, R, HR, 4 RBI) and Kasner (3-for-7, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI) leading the way.

Western is off this weekend and will then complete the regular season with 12 games over a 9-day stretch beginning next Friday. The Vikings host Western Oregon in doubleheaders in Bellingham on Friday (1 & 3 pm) and Saturday (12 & 2 pm), and Concordia on Sunday (12 & 2 pm).

GAME 1 / WWU 7, SIMON FRASER 4 Box Score & Play-by-Play

The Vikings opened the doubleheader with a come-from-behind 7-4 win over the Clan, fueled by the top four hitters in the lineup combining to go 8-for-14 with 5 runs driven in.

After holding a 3-0 lead through the first four at-bats, the Vikings gave up 4 unanswered runs to trail 4-3 heading into the 6th inning.

SFU tied the game on a 2-out, 3-run double by Chelsea Hotner in the bottom of the 4th and then fell behind on a run-scoring double by Victoria Saunders in the bottom of the 5th.

Trailing 4-3, and with 2 outs and no runners on base in the top of the 6th inning, the Vikings staged their comeback. Back-to-back walks by Shearyna Labasan (So., Mililani, HI/Maryknoll) and Sarah Morrow (Jr., Enumclaw, WA), and an infield single by Makinlee Sellevold, loaded the bases for Emily Benson. WWU's cleanup hitter responded with a 2-run single up the middle and Carlie Richards (Kennewick, WA/Kamiakin) followed with a 2-run double to right-center field to extend the lead to 7-4.

Anna Kasner (11-5) recorded the complete-game victory allowing 5 hits and 4 runs (1 ER), including retiring the last 7 batters she faced.

Sellevold (3-for-4, R, 2B, RBI) and Benson (3-for-4, 3 RBI), WWU's No. 3 and No. 4 hitters, combined to go 6-for-8 with 4 RBI in the victory. Kasner also helped her own cause going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored at the plate.

Richards, the reigning GNAC Player of the Week, went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI to extend her streak of reaching base safely to 21 consecutive games.

Western Washington 7, Simon Fraser 4 (Apr 13, 2017 at Burnaby, BC)
Western Washington.. 101 104 0 -  7 12  1      (19-15, 8-7 GNAC)
Simon Fraser........ 000 310 0 -  4  5  2      (8-23, 4-11 GNAC)
Western Washington - Kasner and Richards,Ca
Simon Fraser - Belton; Blattmann (6) and Ruffett; Janes
Win-Kasner (11-5)  Loss-Belton(4-10)  T-1:55

WWU built the early 3-0 lead with single tallies in the 1st (Benson RBI single), 3rd (Sellevold double) and 4th innings (Labasan sac fly).

GAME 2WWU 7, SIMON FRASER 2 Box Score & Play-by-Play

WWU secured the doubleheader sweep with a 7-2 win in the nightcap, out-hitting Simon Fraser 10-3.

Sophomore starting pitcher Shearyna Labasan pulled double duty, earning the win in the circle allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in 6.0 innings, and going 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Catcher Carlie Richards added a 3-for-3 game and Makinlee Sellevold capped a solid day going 2-for-4 with a triple.

The Vikings got the scoring started with an RBI triple off the right field fence by Sellevold in the top of the 1st inning.

Emily Benson added a run in the 3rd inning on a solo home run to right field, her 10th of the season, and Richards extended the lead to 3-0 with a run-scoring single in the top of the 5th inning.

The Clan scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to pull to within two runs at 4-2, with runs scoring on a wild pitch and fielder's choice.

Western put the game away with three insurance runs in the top of the 7th, with Labasan providing a key 2-out, 2-run single to extend the lead to 7-2.

Sellevold closed out the game with a scoreless 7th inning, registering her 200th career strikeout in her appearance.

Western Washington 7, Simon Fraser 2 (Apr 13, 2017 at Burnaby, BC)
Western Washington.. 101 011 3 -  7 10  2      (20-15, 9-7 GNAC)
Simon Fraser........ 000 002 0 -  2  3  1      (8-24, 4-12 GNAC)
Western Washington - Labasan; Sellevold (7) and Richards
Simon Fraser - Stachoski; Tate (6); Belton (7) and Murnaghan; Janes
Win-Labasan (7-5)  Loss-Stachoski (4-11)  T-1:21  A-25
HR WWU - Benson (10)

Game Notes:
Anna Kasner
tied the WWU single-game record with 2 doubles in the first game of the doubleheader...Kasner improved to 7-1, 2.79 ERA in 8 GNAC starts...Emily Benson's 4 RBI in the doubleheader give her 108 in her career, 3rd-most in program history (2nd is 110)...hit her 10th HR of the season in G#2, tied for 2nd-most in a single season in WWU history and 2 behind the record 12 home runs she hit last season...extended her school record with her 29th career home run (T11th in GNAC history)...Makinlee Sellevold moved into 9th place in WWU history with 39 extra base hits (2B & 3B today)...28 career doubles are 7th-most in WWU history and she hit her first career triple in the 1st inning of G#2...she closed out the win in G#2 with a scoreless 7th inning and recorded her 200th career strikeout (8th in WWU history)...Carlie Richards recorded a hit in each game, extending her streak of reaching base safely to 22 consecutive games (18 via hit, 3 BB, 1 HBP)...overall Richards is batting .426 (26-for-61).

Benson's Batting Average: Emily Benson went 4-for-7 in the doubleheader, raising her season batting average to .457 (42-for-92), on pace to break the single-season WWU record of .432 by Meghan Carrillo in 2014 (min. 80 AB)...Benson also raised her career batting average to .357 (133-for-373), which is currently 3rd-best in program history...133 hits moved her into 20th in the WWU career record books...an updated look at her career rankings in WWU history:

* Most home runs: 1st (29)
* Highest slugging pct.: 1st (.654)
* Highest on base pct.: 1st (.443)
* Highest batting avg.: 3rd (.357)
* Most runs batted in: 3rd (108)
* Most total bases: 4th (244)
* Most walks: 6th (57)

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