April 9, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Having won 11 of its last 13 games, the Western Washington University softball team hosts conference-leading Western Oregon University in a make-up doubleheader on Friday (1 p.m.) at Viking Field on the WWU campus. The games were originally scheduled for March 16, but rained out.
The 22-10 Vikings are coming off one of the school's best performances at the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions. They won five of six games, being undefeated in pool play, and reached the Gold Bracket semifinals.
WWU, 7-1 at home this season, is third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings at 9-5, one-half game behind second-place and defending GNAC champion Saint Martin's (9-4, 20-15). Western Oregon, 25-15, tops the conference at 13-1.
The top four teams in the league standings earn berths in the GNAC Tournament on May 1-3 at Richland, Wash. Western Oregon can become the first GNAC team to nail down a tourney berth with two wins this weekend.
WWU's Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) is ranked ninth in stolen bases and 29th in runs scored in this week's NCAA Division II national statistical report.
Isaacson, who is averaging 1.13 runs scored per game, is closing in on the GNAC single-season stolen base record. She stole two last week increasing her total to 27, one shy of the GNAC record of 28 held by Jessi Williams of Western Washington and Andrea Williams of Humboldt State, both in 2002.
The school stolen base standard is 37 set by Jen Brandolini in 1999.
Isaacson is one of three Viking players who are nationally ranked. Alexie Levin (So., Everett) is 30th in runs batted in (1.23) and Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) is tied for 10th in sacrifice flies with four.
Levin leads WWU in hitting with a .443 average (47-for-106). With eight home runs, she needs one more to tie the school record, and her 38 RBIs are six short of the school mark.
WWU is one of the DII's best offensive teams. The Vikings rank eighth in batting (.354), 17th in runs scored (6.87) and 28th in slugging percentage (.505).
Meghan Carrillo (Sr., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County), who earned GNAC co-Player of the Week honors for her play at the TOC, is hitting .438 (32-for-73) for WWU; and Lauren Bennett (So., Tustin, CA/Beckman) has a .393 average (22-for-56).
Pitcher Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso), who has won her last seven decisions for the Vikings, has a 12-3 record and a 2.85 earned run average. Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View), who has a team-best 2.44 ERA, won three games and had a save at the TOC.