Feb. 26, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Off to its best start in three years, the Western Washington University softball team plays host to University of British Columbia in a non-conference doubleheader Sunday (12 noon) at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, 8-3, open Great Northwest Athletic Conference play the following week, entertaining Simon Fraser University on Friday, March 7 (1 p.m.).
WWU, which has won five of its last six games, is coming off a doubleheader sweep Saturday of Northwest, 9-0 and 14-0, scoring 23 runs on 26 hits. Three Viking pitchers allowed just two hits in 11 innings of work.
Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens), a transfer from Bellevue CC, has reached base in every game this season. She is hitting .486 (17-for-35), scored 13 runs and stolen 11 bases in 13 attempts.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2014 Softball Report No. 3 (Feb. 25, 2014)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 0 0 8 3 2-0 3-1 3-2 Central Washington 0 0 7 4 0-0 2-4 5-0 MSU Billings 0 0 5 4 0-0 1-1 4-3 Western Oregon 0 0 6 9 0-0 0-5 6-4 Northwest Nazarene 0 0 5 8 1-3 3-1 1-4 Saint Martin's 0 0 2 5 0-0 0-4 2-1 Simon Fraser 0 0 0 9 0-0 0-4 0-5
LAST WEEK: Friday - Central Washington 6-3 at Holy Names 1-4; British Columbia 3 at Northwest Nazarene 6; Great Falls 11 at Northwest Nazarene 3; St. Mary's, Tex. Rattler Invitational (Western Oregon 6,Tarleton State 4; St. Mary's 7, Western Oregon 3). Saturday - Central Washington 1-1 at Dominican 2-3; Dickinson State at MSU Billings, cancelled; Eastern Oregon 3-3 at Northwest Nazarene 2-10; St. Mary's, Tex. Rattler Invitational (Western Oregon 9, Midwestern State 7; Western Oregon 10, Rogers State 8); Northwest 0-0 at Western Washington 9-14. Sunday - Central Washington 8-10 at Academy of Art 0-12; Dickinson State at MSU Billings, cancelled; St. Mary's, Tex. Round Robin (Midwestern State 2, Western Oregon 1; Western Oregon 5, Oklahoma Christian 4).
THIS WEEK: Friday - Northwest Nazarene at College of Idaho, 3 p.m. Saturday - College of Idaho at Northwest Nazarene, 11 a.m.; Minot State at MSU Billings, cancelled; Northwest at Saint Martin's, noon; Simon Fraser at British Columbia, 1 p.m. Sunday - Minot State at MSU Billings, cancelled; Saint Martin's at Concordia, noon; British Columbia at Western Washington, noon. Tuesday (March 4) -Western Oregon at Concordia, 2 p.m.
RANKINGS: NFCA (Pre-Season) - 12. Saint Martin's.
HITTING STREAKS (8 or more): 8 - Kailyn Campbell, CWU; Alexie Levin, WWU.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Player - Ashlie Gardner, Western Oregon (IF, 5-7, Sr., Salem, OR - North Salem) earned all-tournament honors at the Rattler Invitational at San Antonio, Tex., batting .350 and leading the Wolves with six RBI. She had seven hits in 20 at bats, including two doubles and a home run leading WOU to four wins in six contests. Pitcher - Maria Gau, Central Washington (5-7, Sr., Woodinville, WA) allowed just three runs and 15 hits in 18 innings, winning two of three decisions during a weekend road trip to California. She walked five and fanned 12.
HONORABLE MENTION: Eryka Brill, Western Oregon (P, 6-1, Sr., Dallas, OR) won a pair of games at the Rattler Invitational. In 18 innings, she allowed 10 runs, walked four and fanned 11 ... Justine Callen, Northwest Nazarene (P, 5-9, So., Oregon City, OR - Clackamas CC) pitched the Crusaders to a 10-3 win over Eastern Oregon, allowing seven hits and a pair of earn runs ... Brianna Kinghorn, Northwest Nazarene (1B, 5-6, Jr., Meridian, ID - Mountain View) had seven hits in 14 at bats and drove in four runs as the Crusaders dropped three of four games.
Central Washington: Despite outscoring its three opponents, 29-22, the Wildcats lost four of six games on a road trip to California, losing twice by one run and twice by two runs. Austin Wilkerson (.429), Sammy Morris (.375) and Jill McDaniel (.316) all had six hits. McDaniel had CWU's lone home run and drove in a team-high seven runs.
Northwest Nazarene: In addition to Kinghorn (See Honorable Mention notes), Ali Schauer led NNU offensively with five hits in eight at bats as the Crusaders won one of four games in their home openers. NNU was outhit .316 to .278.
Western Oregon: Melanie Pfeiffer batted .429 (9-of-21) in the Rattler Invitational at San Antonio. She was one of four .300 hitters (min. 12 at bats) for WOU in the tournament including Ashlie Gardner, Amanda Evola (.304, 7-for-23) and Bridget Box (.300, 6-of-20). Evola also drove in five runs.
Western Washington: Alexie Levin had five hits in six at bats to lead the Vikings to a doubleheader sweep of Northwest. Levin also drove in five runs. WWU's pitchers (Jenna DeRosier, 2 hits in 5 innings), Aspen Ison (0 hits in 5 innings) and Shayna Adelstein (0 hits in 1 inning) didn't allow a run.
MSUB DESERT STINGER ALL-TOURNAMENT (Feb. 7-9): First Team - Jordan Walley, WWU; Kiana Wood, CWU. Second Team - Aubrey Conceicao, MSUB; Amanda Evola, WOU; Kelsie Gardner, WOU. Defensive MVP - Brianna Kinghorn, NNU. Team Records - Central Washington 5-0, Western Washington 3-2, MSU Billings 2-3, Western Oregon 2-3, Northwest Nazarene 1-4, Simon Fraser 0-5.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Player - Alexie Levin, Western Washington (1B, 5-7, So., Everett, WA - Everett) had seven hits in 13 at bats, scored four runs and drove in four as the Vikings won three of four games in Hawaii. Among her seven hits was a pair of doubles. Pitcher - Jenna DeRosier, Western Washington (P, 5-7, Sr., Kelso, WA) tossed complete-game wins over BYU-Hawaii (5-1) and Hawaii Hilo (6-2) allowing just 10 hits in 14 innings. She walked four and struck out five.
Week of Feb. 3-9: Player - Kelsie Gardner, Western Oregon (1B, 5-8, Fr., Salem, OR - South Salem) and Brianna Kinghorn, Northwest Nazarene (1B, 5-6, Jr., Meridian, ID - Mountain View) ... Gardner had nine hits, including a pair of home runs, in 19 at bats and drove in nine runs as the Wolves averaged nearly nine runs a game in posting a 2-3 record in the MSUB Desert Stinger in Las Vegas. Gardner also had a pair of doubles and scored six runs. Kinghorn batted .407 (11-of-27), hit four home runs and drove in 12 runs as the Crusaders won four of nine games, including three of four in a series at Menlo. Pitcher - Kiana Wood, Central Washington (5-6, Fr., Aloha, OR) allowed just two runs in 24 2/3 innings, in winning three games including shutouts over Minot State (3-0) and Western New Mexico (5-0). Wood allowed 20 hits - only one against Minot (a two-out single in the first inning) - and walked five, while fanning 20 batters. Both of the runs she allowed came on solo home runs.
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
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
WWU will play three games Friday beginning at 10 am MT and one on Saturday (weather permitting)
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
Softball's Thursday Game vs. Sonoma State Rained Out
The Vikings are hoping for improved weather with 6 games over the next 3 days at the Tournament of Champions