April 19, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University pitcher Jenna DeRosier, a senior from Kelso, won both games, starting the opener and relieving in the nightcap, as Western Washington University swept Northwest Nazarene University, 7-4 and 10-9, on Senior Day in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, who have won 16 of their last 19 games and finished 12-2 at home this season, improved to 27-11 overall and 14-6 in GNAC action. They already have clinched a berth in the GNAC Tournament on May 1-3 and were ranked ninth in the first NCAA Division II West Region poll last week.
Northwest Nazarene, which has lost its last eight games, fell to 11-32 overall and 3-17 in conference play.
DeRosier, 16-3, has won her last 11 decisions.
WWU, which swept its four-game series with NNU, won the second game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Arianna Barrio (So., Stanwood/Lakewood) drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single by Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas) and scored on a wild pitch.
After both teams scored twice in the first, WWU took a 5-2 lead in the second on a three-run double by Alexie Levin (So., Everett). NNU got back to within one, 5-4, with two runs in the fourth and took an 8-5 lead with four runs in the top of the fifth.
The Vikings rallied with four runs of their own in the fifth for a 9-8 lead. With two outs, Haylee Baker (Poulsbo/Bainbridge) singled across two runs and Levin put WWU ahead with a run-scoring base hit.
Shelby Johnson tied the game at 9-9 with two outs in the top of the seventh on her third hit, a double. That was the only run DeRosier (16-3) gave up in three innings of relief.
That set the stage for Barrio's tour around the bases.
Baker and Levin each had three hits in the contest. Levin drove in four runs and Baker three. Baker also scored three times.
In the first game, NNU took a 3-0 lead on a three-run homer by Justine Callen in the first inning.
WWU scored six in the third, two each on a double by Baker and a single by Mackenzie Hughes (Fr., Ellensburg).
The Vikings scored one more run in the fourth and NNU one in the fifth.
DeRosier pitched the first six innings, giving up six hits and striking out five.
Whitney Carlton was 4-for-4 for the Crusaders.
Three WWU players had four hits on the day, Barrio, Baker and Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens), Baker drove in five runs and scored four. Baker had four RBI and Isaacson scored four times.
Isaacson stole her 28th base (31 attempts) of the season in the second game to tie the GNAC record.
WWU ends its regular season with conference twinbills at Western Oregon on Saturday, Apr. 26 (1 p.m.), and at Saint Martin's on Sunday, Apr. 27 (1 p.m.)
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WWU wins game one 3-1, falls in no-hitter 8-0 in nightcap
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WWU lets lead slip away in pair of close defeats in GNAC play
Vikings Fall to MSUB 4-1 in GNAC Play
Rylie Wales goes 1-for-2 with a Sac Fly to extend hitting streak
Softball Takes to the Road for Five GNAC Games
WWU returns to action Friday night vs. Montana State Billings in Portland
Softball Adds Game Friday vs. MSUB in Portland
Game will serve as makeup contest from snowed out March 31 game in Billings
Softball Drops a Pair of One-Run Games to Saint Martin's
Vikings close out home schedule with close games vs. Saint Martin's in GNAC play
Vikings Earn Split vs. CWU With Solid Performance
WWU falls 5-3 in extra innings in the first game vs. CWU, rebounds with 8-0 win in the nightcap
Expected Rain Shuffles Softball Schedule this Weekend
Vikings will now host GNAC doubleheaders on Friday (CWU) and
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
Vikings Earn Split During Final Day of Tournament of Champions
Freshman duo of Doan and Lo leads WWU to 1-0 win over Cal State East Bay
Vikings Drop Pair of Games in Tournament of Champions
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