BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University split a doubleheader with conference-leading Western Oregon University, winning 7-5 and losing 5-4, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball action Friday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings are now 23-11 overall and 10-6 in GNAC action. WOU, which clinched a berth in the GNAC Tournament, is 26-16 overall and 14-2 in conference play.
In the opener, WOU scored three times in the top of the first inning, but the Vikings answered with five runs in the bottom of that frame.
Alexie Levin (So., Everett) singled in WWU’s first run and Emma Blauser (So., Federal Way/Todd Beamer) and Meghan Carrillo (Sr., Prunedale, CA/North Monterey County) each had two-out, two-run singles for the Vikings.
The Wolves tied the game at 5-5 with two runs in the top of the third. But WWU went back on top, 7-5, with a pair of runs in the bottom of that inning. Kaleigh Keating (Sr., Salinas, CA/Notre Dame Salinas) and Autumn Isaacson (Jr., Lake Stevens) each had run-scoring singles in the rally that put the Vikings ahead to stay.
Isaacson was 3-for-4 in the game, and Carrillo 2-for-3.
Jenna DeRosier (Sr., Kelso), 13-3, won her eighth straight decision for WWU.
Jourdan Williams and Danielle Harcourt each had two-run doubles for the Wolves, while Bridjet Box, Melanie Pfeiffer and Williams had two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, the Vikings committed five errors, giving up unearned runs in the first and sixth innings.
WWU took a 4-1 lead with four runs in the third. Haylee Baker (Sr., Poulsbo/Bainbridge) singled across two runs, scored on a double by Levin, who scored on a single by Carrillo.
WOU tied the game at 3-3 with three runs in the fifth, helped by a throwing error.
Kelli Demianew (11-7) pitched the complete-game win for the Wolves, who got two hits each from Pfeiffer, Ashlie Gardner and Box.
Isaacson, who finished the day 5-for-8, got two hits for WWU as did Baker.
Shayna Adelstein (Fr., Tucson, AZ/Marana Mountain View), 4-5, was the tough-luck loser for the Vikings.
WWU, 8-2 at home, entertains Northwest Nazarene in a pair of GNAC doubleheaders on Apr. 18-19.