April 24, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With an opportunity to win the regular-season league title, its first since 2007, the Western Washington University softball team completes its Great Northwest Athletic Conference schedule this weekend, traveling for doubleheaders at conference-leading Western Oregon on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Saint Martin's on Sunday (11 a.m.).
The Vikings, 27-11 overall, have won 16 of their last 19 games. They are tied for second in the GNAC standings at 14-6 with Central Washington. Western Oregon leads the conference at 16-4, and defending champion Saint Martin's is fourth at 12-8. Wins in each of its last four games would assure WWU a tie for first.
The top four teams in the GNAC standings already have clinched the available berths in the double-elimination GNAC Tournament on May 1-3 at Richland. The winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional.
WWU was ranked No.9 for the second straight week in the regional poll. The regional rankings eventually determine the eight-team field for the regional playoffs with five teams joining the GNAC, Pacific West Conference and California Collegiate Athletic Association champions.
WWU, which swept its four-game series with Northwest Nazarene last week at Viking Field, finished 12-2 at home this season.
The Vikings rank seventh nationally and lead the GNAC with a .357 batting average. Alexie Levin (So., Everett) leads the conference with a .443 average (54-for-122), an on-base percentage of .489, a slugging percentage of .746 and in runs batted in with 44. She also paces the team in hits (54), doubles (13) and home runs (8), the homer total being one shy of the WWU standard.
WWU has five of the top 10 hitters in the league. Besides Levin, Meghan Carrillo (Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) is second at .432 (38-for-88), Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) fifth at .397 (52-for-131), Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma) seventh at .391 (27-for-69) and Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) eighth at .380 (41-for-108).
Isaacson ranks 10th nationally and tops the GNAC in stolen bases, tying the conference record with 28. She also has scored 41 runs and has not made an error in 58 chances.
Baker has scored 43 runs, her average of 1.19 ranking 17th nationally. She has driven in 42 runs with seven home runs and eight doubles, and is 16th nationally in sacrifice flies with four.
Carrillo ranks sixth nationally in toughest to strike out at 88.0.
Levin and Isaacson have each had a team-best 16 multiple-hit games this season, and Baker has had a team-leading 14 multiple-RBI contests.
Pitcher Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso), who has won her last 11 decisions, is 16-3 with a 3.01 earned run average.
WWU, which led the country in double plays last season, ranks 10th this year. The Vikings are 19th nationally in runs scored (6.71) and 28th in slugging percentate (.501).
WWU has scored double-figure runs in a school-record 10 games this year.
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