April 16, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Five seniors will be making their final home appearances this weekend as Western Washington University seeks to clinch a berth in the conference post-season tournament during a four-game home stand as the Vikings entertain Northwest Nazarene University in Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheaders on Friday (1 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.) at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, 23-11 overall, are third in the GNAC standings at 10-6. Conference leader Western Oregon (14-4) and second-place Central Washington (14-6) have already secured berths in the four-team, double-elimination tournament scheduled for May 1-3 at Richland, Wash. (Columbia Playfields). Defending champion Saint Martin's (9-6) is in fourth place.
Northwest Nazarene, which has lost its last three games, is 11-27 overall and 3-12 in GNAC action.
WWU, which can assure itself of a tourney berth with two more victories, is ranked ninth in the first NCAA Division II West Region poll released Wednesday. Cal State Monterey Bay is No.1, followed by Dixie State, UC San Diego, Cal Baptist, Humboldt State, Sonoma State, Central Washington and Cal State San Bernardino. The top eight teams, barring unranked tournament champions, qualify for the regional playoffs.
The WWU senior quintet includes shortstop Haylee Baker (Poulsbo/Bainbridge), outfielder Meghan Carrillo (Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County), pitcher Jenna DeRosier (Kelso), designated hitter Amanda Flores (Ferndale) and outfielder Kaleigh Keating (Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas). Carrillo, DeRosier, Flores and Keating are all four-year letter winners.
WWU, which has won 12 of its last 15 games, leads the GNAC and ranks seventh nationally in hitting with a .354 average.
The Vikings have three of the GNAC's top five hitters, led by Alexie Levin (So., Everett), who leads the conference in hitting (.438), slugging percentage (.750) and on-base percentage (.484). She has eight home runs, one shy of the school record, 11 doubles, 49 hits (112 at bats), 40 runs batted in and 28 runs scored.
Carrillo is batting .430 (34-for-79) and Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) .405 (47-for-116). Isaacson ranks 11th nationally in stolen bases with 27 (30 attempts), one shy of the GNAC record, and has not made an error in 50 fielding chances.
DeRosier, who has a 13-3 record, has won eighth straight decisions for WWU.
WWU Softball 2018 Season in Review
Junior Shearyna Labasan highlights season as First Team All-GNAC selection
Shearyna Labasan Named NFCA All-West Region
Labasan was selected to the team as Utility-Pitcher after strong junior season
Three Vikings Named to GNAC Softball All-Academic Team
Kylisa Hull, Anna Kasner and Morgan VanRiper named All-GNAC Academic
Amy Suiter Steps Down as WWU Softball Head Coach
Suiter led WWU for eight seasons from 2011-2018 and leaves with 2nd-most wins in program history
Shearyna Labasan Named First Team All-GNAC Softball
Senior Carlie Richards earns honorable mention All-GNAC for second consecutive season
Softball Ends Season Being Swept at Western Oregon
WWU drops 11-10 slugfest in the first game, ends season with 11-2 loss in the nightcap
Vikings Sweep GNAC Doubleheader at Concordia
Shearyna Labasan goes 5-for-7 and allows one unearned run in 5.0 innings pitching
Softball Closes Out 2018 Season With Oregon Road Trip
Vikings will play at Concordia on Saturday and Western Oregon on Sunday
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