WWU erupts for six runs in sixth inning of nightcap to gain split with Simon Fraser
April 22, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - After being held scoreless for 12 innings, Western Washington University erupted for six runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap to gain a split with Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings won the second game, 6-2, after being shut out in the opener, 4-0.
WWU is 16-31 overall and 12-18 in conference play. Simon Fraser is 28-12 overall and 21-11 in league action.
Trailing 2-0, the Vikings scored six runs on nine hits, sending 12 batters to the plate.
Jessica Carey (Sr., Everett), the first batter to face reliever Cara Lukawesky (17-6), tied the game with a two-run, one-out single. That was followed with run-scoring singles by Rachelle Berry (Jr., Alger/Burlington-Edison), who was 3-for-3 in the game, and Meghan Carrillo (So., Prunedale, CA), and capped off with a two-run, two-out single by Jackie Rothenberger (So., Coquitlam, BC).
WWU pitcher Stephanie Fox (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake) (8-7) won for the sixth time in her last eight decisions. She limited the Clan to two runs despite giving up 10 hits, walking four and hitting one batter. Simon Fraser left 13 runners on base.
SFU starter Kelsie Hawkins allowed just two hits over the first five innings, striking out five, before running into trouble in the sixth.
In the opener, Lukawesky pitched a two-hit shutout for the Clan. She struck out eight and walked three.
WWU's two hits, both singles, were by Amanda Flores (So., Ferndale) to lead off the third and Carey with one out in the sixth.
SFU got all four of its runs in the first inning off Viking starter Janelle Kasch (Fr., Snohomish).
Carly Lepoutre had a leadoff single followed by a home run over the leftfield fence by Trisha Bouchard, her seventh of the season. Kelsey Haberl and Leah Riske both walked, Haberl scoring on a ground out by Brittany Ribeiro and Riske on a double-steal attempt.
Jenna DeRosier (So., Kelso) relieved Kasch and did not allow a run in 6-1/3 innings. She scattered six hits, working out of a no out, runners on second and third situation in the third.
WWU entertains Western Oregon University on Wednesday (1 p.m.) in a GNAC doubleheader.
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