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.
Vikings Split Doubleheader at Central Washington
WWU wins game one 3-1, falls in no-hitter 8-0 in nightcap
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