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.