Vikings lose twice to Seattle U., 8-2 and 2-0
April 22, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University took a quick lead with two runs in the first inning of the opener, but did not score again, as it fell 8-2 and 2-0 to Seattle University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Thursday at Viking Field.
Western, which has now lost four straight, dropped to 17-20 overall and 6-10 in league play. The Vikings have not scored more than three runs in any of their last six games.
Seattle, ranked No.4 in this week's West Region poll, improved to 22-10 overall and 15-3 in GNAC action, running its winning streak to nine.
The Redhawks' Jennifer Hewitt (10-5) pitched a four-hit shutout in the nightcap, striking out four and not issuing a walk. She gave up just one hit in the final four innings, retiring 14 of the last 15 Western batters.
Seattle scored one run in first on a sacrifice fly by Jaime Hesselgesser, and another in the third on a run-scoring single by Amanda Nilles.
Mandy Kaestner (So., Coeur d'Alene, ID) led Western with two hits, and Jackie Quint (Fr., Silverdale/Central Kitsap) (5-8) pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits, striking out five and walking three.
In the opener, the Vikings' Ashley Barber (So., Camas) had a leadoff single in the first inning and scored on a two-out double by Adrienne Moore (Jr., Lake Forest Park/Shorecrest). Sarah Arnold (Fr., Vancouver/Evergreen) drew a base-loaded walk for their other run.
Western did not get another hit in the game.
Seattle's Patricia Sonnett (4-1) got the win as she worked the last 3-2/3 innings. Erin Kemper pitched the first 3-1/3 innings.
The Redhawks went ahead 3-2 by scoring three runs on one hit in the third, Western making two costly errors.
Seattle scored four more in the fourth, Sarah Carrier driving in two with a double and Hesselgesser hitting a two-run homer, her third of the season.
A bases-loaded walk to Carrie Ward gave the Redhawks another run in the seventh.
Nicole Walker (Fr., Kenmore/Juanita) (8-5), who pitched the first four innings, got the loss for Western.
Seattle left 19 runners on base in the two games. Hesselgesser and Carrie Ward led the Redhawks with three hits each.
Western hosts defending league champion and current league leader Humboldt State University on Friday (1 p.m.) in a GNAC twinbill.
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