News

Viking softball eliminated from GNAC Tournament

Viking softball eliminated from GNAC Tournament

Photo: KPUG

RICHLAND, Wash. - Defending champion Saint Martin’s University scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, hitting three home runs, as it defeated Western Washington University, 4-3, in a loser-out game at the second annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Tournament on Friday at the Columbia Playfield.

The Vikings, who fell to 30-14, had scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth, two on a homer by Jordan Walley (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma), her third of the season.

Saint Martin’s, which improved to 27-21, began the seventh with a leadoff single by Tavish Jenkins. That was just the fourth hit off WWU starter Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso).

Dani Wall followed with a home run, her fifth, to bring the Saints to within one, 3-2.

Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View) came on in relief for the Vikings and struck out the first batter she faced. Mary Dettling and Jackie Schmaeling then hit back-to-back solo homers to end the game. Dettling’s tying blast was her second of the year, and Schmaeling’s walk-off blow was her fourth.

Saint Martin’s advances to another elimination contest at 7 p.m. against Central Washington, which lost 8-4 to No.1 seed Western Oregon earlier in the day.

The winner advances to meet top seed Western Oregon, which has won its first two games in the double-elimination tourney, in the championship contest at noon on Saturday. If WOU loses, another game will be played immediately afterward.

DeRosier retired the first nine batters she faced and allowed just three base runners through the first six innings. Lacey McGladrey doubled to lead off the fourth and she and Megan Miller had back-to-back singles with two outs in the sixth.

WWU threatened in the fifth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But the runner on third was thrown out on a double steal attempt and Saint Martin’s pitcher Sam Mugner, who got the win (20-15), struck out the next batter.

Three Saints errors and a fielder’s choice in the sixth helped the Vikings score three runs. Alexie Levin (So., Everett) gave WWU a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly and Walley followed with a two-run clout. All the runs were unearned.

Kali Patterson (Fr., Bonney Lake) had two of WWU’s five hits.

WWU opened the tourney with an 8-7 loss to Central on Thursday. The back-to-back losses were the first for the Vikings since losing three straight in late March. They went on to win 19 of their next 23 games and place second in the GNAC standings.

-WWU-

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Marshawn Lynch to hold out

Fresh
Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch stands on the field during a brief break against the St. Louis Rams in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will not be participate in the opening day of training camp which starts on Friday.

in Local Sports

Bellingham Bells to present Jim Clem Bobblehead night

Fresh
bellingham bells jim clem bobble head

The first 750 fans in attendance on Saturday, July 26 will receive a special-edition bobblehead in the likeness of Coach Clem.

in Sports

Oakland’s Johnson designated for assignment

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson (45) is relieved by manager Bob Melvin, rear, during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The Indians won 6-4. Johnson was the losing pitcher. In front is Athletics catcher Derek Norris.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

in Sports

Two Texas football players charged with sex assault

Texas head coach Charlie Strong listens to a question from a reporter during the Big 12 Conference NCAA college football media days in Dallas, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Spokeswoman Cindy Posey says the players charged Thursday are wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander. Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography.

in Sports

Cavaliers sign rookie Andrew Wiggins

Top NBA draft prospect Andrew Wiggins of Kansas prepares for an interview during the NBA draft lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

The Cavaliers have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, a contract that prevents him from being traded for 30 days.