Red-hot Vikings make last home appearances of season
April 27, 2005
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Having won 12 of its last 15 games, the Western Washington University softball team makes its final home appearances of the season this weekend at Viking Field.
Following a road trip to Saint Martin's College on Friday (2 p.m.), Western hosts those same Saints on Saturday (11 a.m.) and entertains Seattle University on Sunday (11 a.m.). All three dates are Great Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheaders.
The Vikings, who got off to a 4-12 start, are 16-15 overall and 10-4 in league action.
Western, which hit just .235 in its first 16 games, is batting .306 during the hot streak.
Six Vikings are hitting over .300 during the stretch. Leading that group are two freshmen, Katie Barker (Auburn/Auburn-Riverside) and Liza Teichler (Sammamish/Skyline), with respective averages of .359 (14-for-39) and .357 (10-for-28).
Over the 15-games, Mandy Kaestner (Jr., Coeur d'Alene, ID/Lake City) is hitting .354 (17-for-48) with 10 runs scored, Adrienne Moore (Sr., Lake Forest Park/Shorecrest) .348 (16-for-46) with nine runs batted in and eight runs scored, Megan McPhee (Sr., Anacortes) .340 (17-for-50) with 11 RBIs and eight runs scored, and Cortney Walton (So., Chesapeake, VA/Great Bridge) .310 with 10 RBIs.
McPhee is batting .356 (36-for-101) overall, with 15 runs scored and 20 RBIs, all team-leading figures. With a .350 career average (140-for-400), she is on pace to break the school standard in that category. The record is .348.
Jackie Quint (So., Silverdale/Central Kitsap), 9-5, has won her last six decisions after a 3-5 start, lowering her earned run average to 2.98. Nicole Walker (So., Kenmore/Juanita), 7-5, has won six of her last eight decisions and has a team-best 2.52 ERA.
This weekend's home games will be the last for three Western players. They are McPhee, Moore and Kizzy Crouse (Baraboo, WI).
Moore already has tied the school career record for triples with 15 and is second in home runs with 11.
Saint Martin's and Seattle U. meet in twinbills at their respective fields on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Saints are 10-27 overall and 4-15 in league play, losing 12 of their last 15 games. But they have won all three meetings with Western this season.
Seattle U. is 21-14 overall and 12-6 in GNAC action, winning two of three games with the Vikings.
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