Western Washington University scored five unearned runs in the third inning and hung on for a 7-6 win in the opener, then was blanked 8-0 in a second game that lasted just five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule as the Vikings split a Great Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader at Saint Martin's on Saturday, March 23.
WWU is 13-11 overall and 5-5 in GNAC play. Saint Martin's is 15-9 overall and 6-4 in league action.
Though managing just six hits in the first game, the Vikings (13-11, 5-5 GNAC) took advantage of three Saint Martin's errors in their five-run third. Kaleigh Keating brought in two runs with a single, and Jordan Walley, who had two hits in the game, singled across another. WWU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out double by Jackie Rothenberger.
Saint Martin's plated three runs in the seventh and had two runners in scoring position before Viking pitcher Alexie Levin (4-3) got the final out on a fly to left.
In the second game, WWU was held to three singles by Saint Martin's pitcher Taylor Bakos (8-4), who walked three and struck out two.
WWU travels to Monmouth, Ore., where it will meet Western Oregon University in a GNAC twin bill Sunday, March 24.