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2017 GNAC SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 4-6, 2017  ●  Lacey, WA  ●  SMU Softball Field

Thursday, May 4, 2017

#2 Western Washington vs. #3 Saint Martin's, 11:00 am
#1 Central Washington vs. #4 Western Oregon, 1:30 pm

Friday, May 5, 2017

Winner WWU/SMU vs. Winner CWU/WOU, 10:00 am
Loser WWU/SMU vs. Loser CWU/WOU, 12:30 pm
Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3, 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 12:00 pm
Winer Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 2:30 pm (if necessary)

Live Stats: GNAC.tv | Championship Central | Championship Program | Championship History | 2017 All-GNAC Team

WWU GNAC Championships Game Notes (PDF)

WHAT'S HAPPENING...the Western Washington University softball team (30-17, 19-9 GNAC) returns to the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships...WWU will take on No. 3 seed and tournament host Saint Martin's (25-17, 17-11 GNAC) in the opener of the double-elimination championships at 11 am on Thursday (was scheduled for noon, but moved up one hour due to weather forecast)...regular-season GNAC champion Central Washington (33-13, 20-8) will play No. 4 seed Western Oregon (27-22, 14-14) in the other game on Thursday.

RECORD BREAKDOWN

Overall Record

30-17

GNAC

19-9 (2nd place)

Home

10-6

Away

14-6

Neutral

6-5

vs. Ranked Teams

1-1

GNAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY...the Vikings are making their third appearance in the five-year history of the GNAC Softball Championships...are 2-4 all-time in the tournament, going 0-2 in 2014 and 2-2 in 2015...advanced to the championship game in 2015 falling to MSUB 9-5...the winner of the GNAC Championships receives the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Championships...WWU has made three trips to the NCAA II regionals (2003, 2007, 2011).

ALL-GNAC TEAM...five WWU players were named to the 2017 GNAC Softball All-Conference Team:

KASNER NAMED PITCHER OF THE YEAR...freshman Anna Kasner was named the GNAC co-Pitcher of the Year after posting a 12-5, 2.68 ERA record during the regular season, and an even more impressive 8-1, 2.71 ERA mark in 11 G/10 GS during GNAC play...Kasner becomes the fourth WWU pitcher (5th time) to earn GNAC Pitcher of the Year honors, and the first since Erika Quint in 2011.

HISTORICAL SEASON...junior Emily Benson is putting together the finest statistical season in the 25-year history of the WWU softball program...she heads into the postseason batting .445 (57-for-128) with an .805 slugging percentage (103 total bases) and .570 on-base percentage (35 walks)...all three marks are currently the best in WWU single-season history and her 12 home runs tie the record she set last season...among GNAC leaders Benson ranks 1st in OBP, 2nd in SLG and 4th in AVG.

ON A ROLL...the Vikings enter the GNAC Tournament with an 8-game winning streak and have won 13 of 15 and 15 of their last 19 games...the 19-game stretch playing to a .789 winning percentage dates back to a 4-0 shutout victory over then No. 7-ranked Chico State in the final game of the Tournament of Champions...during this stretch since April 2, WWU has combined to bat .336 (179-for-532) with 60 extra-base hits (2B-31, 3B-7, HR-22) and recorded a team ERA of 3.26 (58 ER, 124.2 IP)...Makinlee Sellevold jump-started her season since the Chico State game combining to bat .492 (32-for-65) with 19 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 37 RBI and a 1.492 OPS (.985 SLG, .507 OBP) during this stretch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS...

.961
WWU leads the GNAC in fielding percentage.

4
Triples by Sarah Morrow to tie for the GNAC lead.

6
Freshman Anna Kasner has recorded 10+ strikeouts in 6 of her 17 starts...leads the GNAC with 153 strikeouts.

8
Current 8-game winning streak.

13-2
WWU is 13-2 over its last 15 games.

9.31
Anna Kasner's strikeout ratio of 9.31 K/7.0 IP is the best in WWU single-season history (old mark was 8.65 K/7.0 IP by Erika Quint in 2011).

10
WWU leads the GNAC with 10 shutouts, tied for 5th-most in single-season program history.

12
Home runs this season by Emily Benson to rank T2nd in the GNAC and tie her own single-season school record.

31
Emily Benson has hit 31 career HR, No. 1 in WWU and tied for 9th-most in GNAC history.

35
Emily Benson leads the GNAC with 35 walks and is 13th in NCAA II with 0.74 walks per game.

153
Anna Kasner has recorded 153 strikeouts to lead the GNAC, 4th-most in program history.

WINNING STREAK...WWU ended the regular season with an 8-game winning streak dating, the longest since an 12-game streak to open the 2011 season (Feb. 11-March 9)...the current 8-game winning streak is 7th-longest in program history (see list further down in this notes package).

30 WINS...WWU reached the 30-victory mark with the season-ending four-game sweep at Northwest Nazarene...the program has now hit the 30-win mark in three of the last four seasons and nine times in the program's 25-year history.

ABOUT LAST WEEK...the Vikings ended the regular season with a 4-0 road trip to Idaho, combining to out-score Northwest Nazarene 47-28 in the sweep...Anna Kasner (.588/10-for-17, 2 HR, 14 RBI) and Makinlee Sellevold (.500/9-for-18, 3 HR, 14 RBI) led the way, while the team combined to bat .399 (57-for-143) with 22 extra-base hits (2B-9, 3B-3, HR-10).

QUICK HITS...                                                              

  • Benson's Blasts - Emily Benson is tied for 2nd in the GNAC with 12 home runs...WWU record 31 HR.
  • On Fire - Makinlee Sellevold is batting .492 (32-for-65) with 7 2B, 7 HR, 37 RBI over her last 19 games.
  • OPS - Emily Benson ranks 2nd in the GNAC and 6th in NCAA Division II with a 1.375 OPS.
  • On Base - Carlie Richards has reached base safely in 32 of 35 games played.
  • Strong Finish - Following a 5-game losing streak, WWU has gone 18-6 in its last 24 games (since 3/31).

SERIES HISTORY...a brief look at the series history between WWU the GNAC Tournament field:

  • #3 Saint Martin's: The Vikings won 3 of 4 vs. Saint Martin's this season, sweeping the doubleheader in Bellingham on March 19 (6-1, 8-0) and splitting the doubleheader in Lacey on April 8 (9-8, 5-10)...WWU leads the all-time series 86-34, and won 9 of last 11 in the series...Vikings own an all-time record of 34-15 in games played in Lacey.
  • #4 Western Oregon: WWU and WOU split the four games this season, with all games played in Bellingham due to a rainout in Monmouth early in the season...WWU leads the all-time series 65-38 and is 12-9 over the last 5 seasons.
  • #1 Central Washington: Central won 3 of 4 games in the series this season, but the Vikings beat CWU 9-0 in the series finale April 9 in Ellensburg...WWU is 74-60 all-time vs. the Wildcats, but has dropped 6 of last 8 in the head-to-head series.

TRACKING BENSON IN THE RECORD BOOKS...Emily Benson has been busy rewriting the WWU single-season and career record books...if the season ended today, her batting average (.445), slugging percentage (.805) and on-base percentage (.570) this season would all be tops in program history...only 7 players have finished a season batting .400 or higher in WWU history, last by Meghan Carrillo (.432/38-for-88) and Alexie Levin (.424/53-for-139) in 2014...here is a look at where Benson ranks in the WWU career record books:

  • Highest batting avg.: 1st (.362) - record entering season was .361 by Alexie Levin
  • Highest slugging pct.: 1st (.650) - record entering season was .586 by Alexie Levin
  • Highest on base pct.: 1st (.451) - record entering season was .440 by Alexie Levin
  • Most home runs: 1st (31)
  • Most runs batted in: 2nd (112) - record is 145 by Alexie Levin
  • Most total bases: 2nd (266) - record is 318 by Alexie Levin
  • Most walks: 6th (64) - 5th is 67
  • Most runs scored: 9th (85) - 8th is 88

SELLEVOLD AT THE PLATE...junior pitcher/third baseman Makinlee Sellevold has been the Vikings primary third baseman starting 31 of 47 games on the hot corner...ranks 7th in the GNAC with a .413 batting average (62-for-15), 5th in slugging (.680), 8th in on-base pct. (.455), T6th in hits (62), 6th in RBI (47), T6th in doubles (12), T5th in triples (2) and T10th in home runs (8)...over her last 19 games is batting .492 (32-for-65) with 19 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 37 RBI (.985 SLG, .507 OBP...here is where Sellevold ranks in the WWU career record books at the plate and in the circle:

Hitting:

  • Highest slugging pct.: 3rd (.560)
  • Most doubles: 4th (34)
  • Most sacrifice flies: t-4th (6)
  • Most home runs: 6th (15)
  • Most runs batted in: 7th (96)
  • Highest batting avg.: 8th (.345)
  • Most total bases: 9th (216)

Pitching:

  • Most wins: 4th (43)
  • Most complete games: 5th (40)
  • Most games started: t-5th (66)
  • Most appearances: 6th (80)
  • Most innings pitched: 6th (429.2)
  • Most strikeouts: 8th (230)

DUAL THREAT...sophomore pitcher/third baseman Shearyna Labasan (2nd Team All-GNAC) has been a key player for the Vikings - in the circle, at the plate and in the field...Labasan is 12-5 with a 3.32 ERA (56 ER, 118.0 IP) in the circle (21 G/17 GS) and is batting .361 (56-for-155) with 36 runs, 9 doubles and 17 RBI...started 14 games at third base and batted leadoff in 42 of WWU's 47 games (team-high 13 SB).

KASNER ADDS ANOTHER PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD...Anna Kasner was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week for April 24-30, her third weekly award of the season after winning a pair of Pitcher of the Week honors...the freshman started all 6 games, primarily at the designated player position, and hit .476 (10-for-21) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 16 RBI (1.000 slugging percentage, .522 on-base percentage) as WWU went 6-0 during the week.

GNAC STANDINGS...here is a look at the final GNAC regular-season standings...WWU finished in 2nd place for the third time in the last four seasons:

SOFTBALL

CONF

PCT

OVERALL

PCT

HOME

AWAY

NEUTRAL

STREAK

Central Washington*

20-8

.714

33-13

.717

8-4

11-4

14-5

Lost 3

Western Washington*

19-9

.679

30-17

.638

10-6

14-6

6-5

Won 8

Saint Martin's*

17-11

.607

25-17

.595

9-3

10-12

6-2

Lost 2

Western Oregon*

14-14

.500

27-22

.551

3-1

16-16

8-5

Won 2

Northwest Nazarene

13-15

.464

23-27

.460

10-14

7-5

6-8

Lost 4

Concordia

11-17

.393

19-28

.404

10-10

4-8

5-10

Won 3

Montana State Billings

10-18

.357

16-33

.327

4-8

6-14

6-11

Lost 1

Simon Fraser

8-20

.286

12-32

.273

3-11

9-11

0-10

Won 1

* Advanced to GNAC Championships in Lacey, WA

MORE PLAYER OF THE WEEK NEWS...freshman Anna Kasner is a two-time Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week selection this season, Feb. 8 and March 8...Kasner joins teammate Emily Benson (3/30/16) as the only WWU players to earn the national weekly award in program history...Kasner has also won a pair of GNAC Pitcher of the Week honors (same dates as national award) and a Player of the Week honor (April 24-30)...Benson was named GNAC Player of the Week for Feb. 6-12, Carlie Richards was named the GNAC Player of the Week for April 3-9 and Makinlee Sellevold earned the award for April 17-23.

ODDS & ENDS...

  • Walk This Way: Emily Benson's 35 walks are tied for 2nd-most in WWU single-season history...the record is 41 walks by Meghan Flem in 2010...Benson is also 6th in program history with 64 career walks.
  • Keys to Success: WWU is 23-1 when out-hitting its opponent and 24-4 when scoring first...also 8-0 when hitting 2+ home runs in a game and 20-0 when leading after 5 innings.
  • Strikeout Note: Anna Kasner recorded 13 strikeouts in her start April 2 vs. #7 Chico State...the Wildcats previous season high for strikeouts in a game was 7 in the second game of the year (vs. Western Oregon)...Kasner also had 13 K's in her collegiate debut Feb. 5 at Chaminade and Feb. 7 vs. BYU Hawai'i.
  • Twin Power: Junior identical twins Carlie (#17) and Cylie (#11) have combined to hit 6 home runs this season (Cylie leads the family with 4 HR)...and both hit their first career home runs in a doubleheader at Saint Martin's on April 8 (Carlie in G#1, Cyle in G#2).

KASNER'S K'S...freshman pitcher Anna Kasner is 12-5 with a 2.68 ERA (44 ER, 115.0 IP)...has recorded 153 strikeouts to lead the GNAC and is among the top 10 in NCAA II with 9.31 strikeouts per 7.0 innings...has 6 starts with 10+ strikeouts, including a trio of 13-strikeout performances...153 strikeouts are 4th-most in WWU single-season history and 5 shutouts are tied for 5th-most in a season...in GNAC play is 8-1 with a 2.71 ERA (24 ER, 62.0 IP) with 7 complete games, 3 shutouts and 77 strikeouts (8.69 K/7.0 IP).

WWU SINGLE-SEASON STRIKEOUTS

1.

290 - Quint, Erika - 2011

2.

175 - Quint, Jackie - 2007

3.

155 - Quint, Jackie - 2006

4.

153 - Kasner, Anna - 2017

5.

148 - Quint,Erika - 2010

SHUTOUTS....WWU has recorded 10 shutouts this season to lead the GNAC, after having only one shutout victory last season...10 shutouts are tied for 5th-most in program history and the most since 10 in 2003...single-season record is 14 in 1996 and 1999...Anna Kasner has 5 shutouts to rank tied for 5th amongst NCAA II West Region pitchers.

GRAND SALAMI...WWU has hit four grand slams this season, the most in a season in program history with the previous high being 3 in 2009...Anna Kasner (3rd inning) and Makinlee Sellevold (5th inning) became the first teammates to hit a grand slam in the same game, both clearing the bases in the first game of the April 29 doubleheader at Northwest Nazarene...overall the Vikings are batting .371 (26-for-70) with the bases loaded this season, tops in the GNAC.

THE BATS...WWU is 3rd in the GNAC with a team batting average of .316 (405-for-1283)...team batting average is currently 4th-highest in program history...also 3rd in slugging (.472) and 2nd in on-base pct. (.388)...current slugging and on-base percentages are both 2nd-best in WWU history...recorded 10+ hits in 19 games (15 of last 30).

THE ARMS...the Vikings are 3rd in the GNAC with a 3.43 ERA (153 ER, 307.2 IP)...leads the league with a .269 opponent batting average...paces the league with 10 shutouts (2nd is WOU with 5) and is 1st with 277 strikeouts (2nd is MSUB with 182).

THE GLOVES...WWU leads the GNAC with a .961 fielding percentage...51 errors are the fewest amongst the 8 GNAC teams (2nd is SMU with 55)...played error-free in 18 of 47 games (15-3 record)...allowed 39 stolen bases, 5th-fewest in the conference.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS...Anna Kasner and Shearyna Labasan were named to the 18-player All-Tournament Team at the Tournament of Champions...Kasner went 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA (2 ER, 16.2 IP) with 20 strikeouts in 3 games (2 starts) in the tournament, highlighted by a complete-game, 1hit shutout with 13 strikeouts against 7th-ranked Chico State...Labasan went 2-1, 1.24 ERA (3 ER, 17.0 IP) in the circle and led the team batting .438 (7-for-16) with 5 runs scored.

COACH SUITER...head coach Amy Suiter recorded her 200th career head coaching victory April 23 with the 6-4 win over Concordia in the first game of the doubleheader...is in her seventh season at the helm of the WWU program and owns an overall record of 192-161 (.544) at WWU and career head coaching record of 207-203 (.505)...led WWU to the 2015 GNAC Tournament title game...named the 2011 GNAC Coach of the Year, directing Vikings to 36-16 record...native of Mount Vernon and played collegiately at the University of Washington.

2-OUT RBI...the Vikings rank 2nd in the GNAC with 103 2-out RBI, trailing conference leader Central Washington (110)...Emily Benson and Carlie Richards are tied for the team lead and tied for 6th in the GNAC with 16 2-out RBI...Makinlee Sellevold (11th, 15) and Anna Kasner (T12th, 14) are also among the GNAC leaders in 2-out RBI.

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS...here is a look at the longest winning streaks in WWU Softball History:

LONGEST WWU WINNING STREAKS

13

March 28-April 18, 2001

12

Feb. 11-March 9, 2011

11

April 14-25, 1998

11

April 22-May 2, 2007

10

April 20-May 4, 1996

10

April 8-18, 1999

8

April 23, 2017-current

7

April 18-May 2, 1997

7

April 18-25, 2002

SINGLE-SEASON BATTING RECORDS...juniors Emily Benson, Makinlee Sellevold and Carlie Richards are putting a dent in the WWU single-season record book with soaring offensive marks:

WWU SINGLE-SEASON BATTING AVERAGE (min. 80 AB)

1.

.445 - Benson, Emily (57-128) - 2017

2.

.432 - Carrillo, Meghan (38-88) - 2014

3.

.431 - Brandolini, Jen (69-160) - 1998

4.

.424 - Levin, Alexie (59-139) - 2014

5.

.413 - Sellevold, Makinlee (62-150) - 2017

6.

.406 - Barber, Ashley (58-143) - 2006

7.

.401 - Johnson, Cathy (59-147) - 1998

8.

.400 - Isaacson, Autumn (62-155) - 2014

 

.400 - Joseph, Sonya (60-150) - 2000

10.

.398 - Richards, Carlie (37-93) - 2017

 

WWU SINGLE-SEASON SLUGGING PCT. (min. 80 AB)

1.

.805 - Benson, Emily (128 AB) - 2017

2.

.741 - Levin, Alexie (139 AB) - 2014

3.

.680 - Sellevold, Makinlee (150 AB) - 2017

4.

.638 - Benson, Emily (152 AB) - 2016

5.

.624 - Walley, Jordan (85 AB) - 2015

6.

.606 - Baker, Devyn (127 AB) - 2014

7.

.585 - Johnson, Cathy (147 AB) - 1998

8.

.581 - Fine, Alicia (155 AB) - 2015

9.

.560 - Joseph, Sonya (150 AB) - 2000

10.

.554 - Levin, Alexie (130 AB) - 2015

 

WWU SINGLE-SEASON ON-BASE PCT. (min. 80 ab)

1.

.570 - Benson, Emily (128 AB) - 2017

2.

.503 - Flem, Meghan (139 AB) - 2010

3.

.495 - Richards, Carlie (93 AB) - 2017

4.

.485 - Carrillo, Meghan (88 AB) - 2014

5.

.474 - Levin, Alexie (139 AB) - 2014

6.

.463 - Burrows, Diana (90 AB) - 1998

7.

.462 - Brandolini, Jen (160 AB) - 1998

8.

.461 - Joseph, Sonya (150 AB) - 2000

9.

.455 - Sellevold, Makinlee (150 AB) - 2017

10.

.450 - Isaacson, Autumn (155 AB) - 2014

NCAA STATISTICS...here is where WWU ranks among NCAA Division II leaders (as of 5/1):

Stat

Rank

Value

Batting Average

47

.316

Earned Run Average

145

3.44

Fielding Percentage

99

.961

Doubles per Game

71

1.45

Triples per Game

63

0.23

Home Runs per game

36

0.79

Scoring

65

5.38

Slugging Percentage

34

.472

Stolen Bases per Game

222

0.53

WL Percentage

T-71

.638

Double Plays per Game

101

0.32

 

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