Western Washington University came from behind, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, to defeat Adams State University, 5-4, on Saturday at the Montana State Billings Desert Stinger Softball Tournament being held at Majestic Park.
Earlier in the day, the Vikings defeated Colorado School of Mines, 13-5, in a game that was called after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
WWU, 6-2 and working on a three-game winning streak, closes out tourney play Sunday (11:30 a.m.) against Colorado State Pueblo.
Trailing Adams State, 4-3, in the seventh, the Vikings loaded the bases with no outs and Lauren Bennett tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Alexie Levin was hit by a pitch to again load the bases. After a strikeout, Lynsey Amundsen was hit by a pitch to force in the winning run.
Adams State took an early lead with two runs in the first. The Vikings went ahead 3-2 with three runs in the third, Levin and Jordan Walley each having run-scoring singles. But the Grizzlies went in front again with two runs in the fourth, setting the stage for WWU's winning rally.
Autumn Isaacson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Vikings. Levin had two hits, running her hitting streak to 11, including the final three games of 2013. Kaleigh Keating had two bunt singles and scored two runs.
Aspen Ison pitched the complete game victory, upping her record to 3-1.
Shortstop Haylee Baker hit a grand-slam home run, just the 15th in school history, in a six-run third inning that powered WWU over Colorado Mines
It was the second straight double-figure scoring game for the Vikings, who routed Black Hills State, 17-7, on Friday as Amanda Flores tied a school record with two home runs.
Flores also had a homer in the Colorado Mines contest, a two-out, three-run shot in the top of the first when WWU scored four runs. The Vikings also got a home run from Taylor Clark to lead off a two-run second.
WWU's Walley was 4-for-4, and Clark and Levin each had two hits.
Getting her first collegiate win for the Vikings was freshman Shayna Adelstein, who pitched 3-2/3 innings of relief.