WWU opens season with sweep at BYU Hawaii


Western Washington University got two strong complete-game pitching performances and first baseman Alexie Levin drove in four runs and scored three as the Vikings opened the season with a sweep of Brigham Young University Hawaii in a non-conference doubleheader Saturday at Sand Island Field.

Jenna DeRosier gave up just one run on three hits in the opener and Aspen Ison began her collegiate career with a one-hit shutout in the nightcap.

Levin was 3-for-4 in the second game. She drove in three runs, two with a double in a four-run seventh inning, and scored two. In the first contest, Levin was 2-for-3, driving in a run and scoring one.

In the opener, WWU broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the third inning. Levin singled in the first run and Kaleigh Keating later scored on a passed ball.

WWU scored three runs in the seventh, two on a double by Lauren Bennett and another on a single by Emma Blauser.

Second baseman Kali Patterson had three hits for the Vikings in the two games.

DeRosier walked two and struck out two, while Ison, who retired the first 11 batters she faced, had four strikeouts and walked two.

WWU continues its road trip with a doubleheader against University of Hawaii-Hilo on Sunday.

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