March 25, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Leading the conference in hitting and pitching, the Western Washington University softball team plays host to arch-rival Central Washington University on Friday (1 p.m.) in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, 13-8 overall and fourth in the GNAC standings at 5-5, then travel to Simon Fraser University on Sunday (1 p.m.) for a conference twinbill.
WWU, 5-1 at home this season, tops the conference and ranks fifth nationally in hitting with a .363 average. The Vikings are 12th nationally in slugging percentage at .536, and 15th in both scoring (7.05 avg., 148) and home runs (1.10, 23).
Last week, Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) tied school and GNAC records by hitting a home run in four consecutive games as WWU split a four-game series at Montana State Billings. She drove in 12 runs with eight hits and scored six runs to earn GNAC co-Player of the Week honors.
Alexie Levin (So., Everett) ranks 19th nationally with a .486 (34-for-70) batting average and 30th in slugging percentage at .814. She is 25th in runs batted in, averaging 1.29 (27), and Baker is 28th at 1.26 (24).
Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens), who has reached base in every game this season, is ninth nationally in stolen bases at 0.90 (19-of-21) and 20th in runs scored at 1.24 (26).
WWU has a 2.82 earned run average, led by Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso) with a 7-3 record and a 2.50 ERA. DeRosier has already earned GNAC Pitcher of the Week honors twice this season.
Central, which swept a doubleheader with the Vikings at Ellensburg on March 9, is 15-8 overall and second in the GNAC at 8-4. Simon Fraser, which dropped two at WWU on March 7, is 2-19 overall and last in the GNAC at 2-10.
WWU has already scored double-figure runs in six games this season. The school record is seven, accomplished in the 2007 and 2009 campaigns.
Softball 2017 Season in Review
Vikings win GNAC Tournament to Return to NCAA II Championships
Kasner and Labasan Earn All-Region Honors
Freshman Anna Kasner (Pitcher) and sophomore Shearyna Labasan (Utility) named All-West Region
Historic Softball Season Comes To An End
Vikings late comeback vs. Sonoma State ends up short in 6-4 loss in elimination game
Vikings Fall to Dixie State 5-0
WWU will play Sonoma State or Cal State Monterey Bay this afternoon at 4 pm in an elimination game
Vikings Rally for 5-3 Win Over Monterey Bay
WWU opens NCAA Regional play with comeback win to continue late-season surge
Three Vikings Named NFCA All-West Region
Carlie Richards (1st Team), Emily Benson (2nd Team) and Makinlee Sellevold (2nd Team) earn all-region honors
Vikings Set for NCAA II Softball Championships
WWU will face No. 1 West Region seed Cal State Monterey Bay Thursday to open tournament play
Softball Set For NCAA II Regional Trip to Monterey
Vikings are the No. 8 seed in the NCAA II West Regional and will open vs. top-seeded Cal State Monterey Bay
Softball Claims 2017 GNAC Championship
Freshman Anna Kasner fires 2-hit shutout to earn GNAC Tournament MVP honors
Vikings Advance to GNAC Title Game
WWU wins 10th straight game with Kali Patterson hitting walk-off double in bottom of 8th inning
GNAC Softball Tournament Schedule Changes
WWU will now play Saturday at 10 am vs. winner of CWU-WOU game
Vikings Open GNAC Tourney With Walk-Off Win
WWU extends winning streak to 9 consecutive games with 5-4 win over Saint Martin’s
Vikings Open Quest for GNAC Tournament Title
WWU heads into the GNAC Championships with a current 8-game winning streak
GNAC Tournament Opener Changed to 11 am
WWU will play Saint Martin's at 11 am in the opener of the 2017 GNAC Softball Championships
Five Vikings Named All-GNAC, Kasner Nets Awards
Anna Kasner named GNAC Co-Pitcher of the Year and GNAC Co-Freshman of the Year