WWU round-up: Keating named GNAC POW & women’s golf 14th after first-day action

WWU round-up: Keating named GNAC POW & women’s golf 14th after first-day action

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University second baseman Kaleigh Keating has been named the Red Lion/Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week for March 24-30.

Keating, a senior from Salinas, Calif. (graduate of Notre Dame Salinas High School), had seven hits in 17 at bats, including a game-ending two-out single in the ninth inning of a 4-3 win over Central Washington as the Vikings swept doubleheaders with the Wildcats and Simon Fraser.

Keating’s hit against Central was her third of the contest. Earlier, with the Vikings trailing 2-0 in the fifth, she singled to drive in WWU’s first run. She also had two stolen bases, increasing her career total to 35, which ranks 14th in GNAC history.

WWU, 17-8 overall and 9-5 in GNAC action, is riding a season-best six-game winning streak. The Vikings next play Sonoma State on Thursday (4 p.m.) at Turlock , Calif., before competing in the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions on Friday through Sunday.

Women’s Golf

GOODYEAR, Ari. – The Western Washington University women’s golf team is 14th after first-day action Monday at the Western New Mexico University Women’s Golf Spring Invitational being played at the Palm Valley Golf Club.

Final-round action Tuesday begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Vikings shot 325 in the 17-team tournament.

Chico State holds a four-stroke lead at 301. Cal Baptist is second at 305 and St. Edward’s TX third at 307.

WWU’s Anna Bourland (Jr., Bainbridge) and Brooke Branigan (Fr., Bellingham) are tied for 25th, each shooting 79. Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) shot 82 and is tied for 52nd, and Audrey Orem (Fr., Bellingham) and Emily Koryto (So., East Lansing, MI) are tied for 66th, each shooting 85.

Cal Baptist’s Tina Yang is the medalist leader at 1-over-par 73. Three players are tied for second, one shot back at 74.


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