March 12, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Needing some much-needed conference wins, Western Washington University plays host to defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Saint Martin's University on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Western Oregon University on Sunday (12 noon) in league softball action at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings are 10-5 overall, but 2-2 in GNAC action following a pair of one-run losses at Central Washington last Sunday. WWU has yet to lose at home in four games this season.
Saint Martin's is 7-7 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while Western Oregon is 13-10 overall and 4-0 in GNAC action.
WWU, which is hitting a league-leading .366 as a team, boasts the GNAC's top three in batting average. They are Alexie Levin (So., Everett) at .542 (26-for-48), Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma) .452 (14-for-31) and Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) .449 (22-for-49).
Levin has already driven in 24 runs with 26 hits, including five home runs and five doubles. All those are team-leading figures and the homer total tops the conference.
Levin, who is working on a six-game hitting streak, has nine multi-hit games and six multi-RBI contests.
Isaacson, a transfer from Bellevue CC, has reached base in all 15 games this season. Besides 22 hits and 10 walks, she has scored 18 runs and been successful on 15-of-17 stolen base attempts.
The Vikings' combined earned run average of 2.84 ranks third in the GNAC. Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso) and Aspen Ison (Fr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) each have 4-2 records, and Levin, 1-0, has not given up a run in seven innings.
Prior to the two setbacks at Central, WWU won seven of eight games.
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
Softball Heads to Tournament of Champions
WWU will play 9 games in California before returning to GNAC play
WWU Softball Splits Doubleheader at Simon Fraser
Anna Kasner records 20th career victory with 2-0 shutout in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader