May 2, 2014
RICHLAND, Wash. - Defending champion Saint Martin's University scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, hitting three home runs, as it defeated Western Washington University, 4-3, in a loser-out game at the second annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Tournament on Friday at the Columbia Playfield.
The Vikings, who fell to 30-14, had scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth, two on a homer by Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma), her third of the season.
Saint Martin's, which improved to 27-21, began the seventh with a leadoff single by Tavish Jenkins. That was just the fourth hit off WWU starter Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso).
Dani Wall followed with a home run, her fifth, to bring the Saints to within one, 3-2.
Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View) came on in relief for the Vikings and struck out the first batter she faced. Mary Dettling and Jackie Schmaeling then hit back-to-back solo homers to end the game. Dettling's tying blast was her second of the year, and Schmaeling's walk-off blow was her fourth.
Saint Martin's advances to another elimination contest at 7 p.m. against Central Washington, which lost 8-4 to No.1 seed Western Oregon earlier in the day.
The winner advances to meet top seed Western Oregon, which has won its first two games in the double-elimination tourney, in the championship contest at noon on Saturday. If WOU loses, another game will be played immediately afterward.
DeRosier retired the first nine batters she faced and allowed just three base runners through the first six innings. Lacey McGladrey doubled to lead off the fourth and she and Megan Miller had back-to-back singles with two outs in the sixth.
WWU threatened in the fifth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But the runner on third was thrown out on a double steal attempt and Saint Martin's pitcher Sam Mugner, who got the win (20-15), struck out the next batter.
Three Saints errors and a fielder's choice in the sixth helped the Vikings score three runs. Alexie Levin (So., Everett) gave WWU a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly and Walley followed with a two-run clout. All the runs were unearned.
Kali Patterson (Fr., Bonney Lake) had two of WWU's five hits.
WWU opened the tourney with an 8-7 loss to Central on Thursday. The back-to-back losses were the first for the Vikings since losing three straight in late March. They went on to win 19 of their next 23 games and place second in the GNAC standings.
Western Oregon Wins GNAC Title, Bridjet Box MVP
RICHLAND, Wash. - Western Oregon spotted Central Washington a 7-0 lead, but then scored eight runs in the second and roared back to beat the Wildcats 20-9 to win their second Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball title Saturday at Columbia Playfield.
The Wolves, who also won the GNAC title in 2008, now advance to the NCAA West Regionals next weekend. The regionals will be played as two four-team sub-regionals with the top team teams each hosting.
Five at-large teams will join Westerrn Oregon and the champions of the PacWest and CCAA conferences in the tournament. Central Washington and Western Washington were ranked seventh and eighth in this week's regional poll.
The qualifiers and host sites will be revealed Monday morning at 7 a.m. on a ncaa.com web broadcast.
WOU catcher Bridjet Box was named tournament MVP after batting 9-for-12 overall, including 3-for-3 with 5 RBI, 4 runs scored and three home runs in the title game.
Shearyna Labasan Named NFCA All-West Region
Labasan was selected to the team as Utility-Pitcher after strong junior season
Three Vikings Named to GNAC Softball All-Academic Team
Kylisa Hull, Anna Kasner and Morgan VanRiper named All-GNAC Academic
Amy Suiter Steps Down as WWU Softball Head Coach
Suiter led WWU for eight seasons from 2011-2018 and leaves with 2nd-most wins in program history
Shearyna Labasan Named First Team All-GNAC Softball
Senior Carlie Richards earns honorable mention All-GNAC for second consecutive season
Softball Ends Season Being Swept at Western Oregon
WWU drops 11-10 slugfest in the first game, ends season with 11-2 loss in the nightcap
Vikings Sweep GNAC Doubleheader at Concordia
Shearyna Labasan goes 5-for-7 and allows one unearned run in 5.0 innings pitching
Softball Closes Out 2018 Season With Oregon Road Trip
Vikings will play at Concordia on Saturday and Western Oregon on Sunday
Vikings Split Doubleheader at Central Washington
WWU wins game one 3-1, falls in no-hitter 8-0 in nightcap
Softball Endures Pair of One-Run Losses at Saint Martin's
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