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.
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
Softball's Thursday Game vs. Sonoma State Rained Out
The Vikings are hoping for improved weather with 6 games over the next 3 days at the Tournament of Champions
Softball Heads to Tournament of Champions
WWU will play 9 games in California before returning to GNAC play