May 3, 2007
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Jackie Quint (Sr., Silverdale/Central Kitsap) set a school record for wins in a season and tied the mark for strikeouts in a game, pitching a one-hit shutout as Western Washington University blanked Saint Martin's University, 4-0, in the opener as the Vikings swept a Great Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader Thursday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings won 3-1 in the nightcap, Sarah McEnroe (Fr., Woodinville) giving up just two hits and Morgan Parkerson (So., RAF Lakenheath, England) hitting a two-run homer. They improved to 31-19 overall and are all alone in second place in the GNAC, one game behind Western Oregon, which split a doubleheader at Seattle U.
Western has won nine straight games and 18 of its last 22.
Saint Martin's fell to 4-37 overall and 2-18 in league play.
In the first game, Quint (16-9) had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the seventh inning on a single by Danni Ballard. Last week, Quint tied the school record of 15 wins in a season set by Hope Truitt in 1999.
Quint struck out 15, tying her own school record set at Saint Martin's on
May 14 in nine innings. She accomplished the feat in regulation this time, retiring the first nine batters she faced, seven on strikeouts.
The only other Saint to reach base was Marlaina Irwin to lead off the fourth when her fly ball to deep left was dropped. It was Quint's third shutout of the season.
Meghan Flem (Fr., Hood River, OR/Hood River Valley) hit her school-record eighth home run of the campaign, a two-run shot in the bottom of the second that gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
Western also scored twice in the sixth, Katie Barker (So., Auburn/Auburn-Riverside) driving in one run on a sacrifice fly and Flem bringing home the other on a ground out.
In the second game, McEnroe struck out six and walked one as she won for the 12th time in 14 decisions this year. The Saints' only run, scored in the fifth, was unearned.
Parkerson gave Western a 2-0 lead in the fourth on her fourth home run of the season. The Vikings' other run came in the fifth when Misty Britt (Jr., Kelso/Lower Columbia CC) singled, went to third on a sacrifice, and scored on an error.
Kristi Sigafoos and Tana Lingl got the two Saint Martin's hits.
Western, No.7 in the latest NCAA Division I West Region rating, entertains Western Oregon on Saturday (12 noon) in a GNAC doubleheader. A sweep would give the Vikings their first GNAC title and an automatic berth at regionals, while a split means a league championship and regional berth for the Wolves.