Western Washington University showed its versatility, using the big inning to win the opener and manufacturing runs to take the nightcap, in beginning Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball play with a doubleheader sweep of Simon Fraser University, 13-3 in five innings and 3-0 on Friday, Feb. 7, at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
WWU, which has won seven of its last eight games, improved to 10-3. SFU fell to 0-11 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
The Vikings' Alexie Levin (1-0) made her first extended pitching performance of the season in the second game, scattering four hits in six innings. She also had a three-run homer in the first game.
WWU took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap. Lynsey Amundson had a one-out infield single. Pinch runner Taylor Clark advanced to second on a groundout, to third on a passed ball and scored on a two-out single through the right side by Kaleigh Keating.
The Vikings made it 2-0 in the fifth. Autumn Isaacson walked, stole second and third, and came home on an infield hit by Levin.
Arianna Barrio doubled home another run in the sixth.
Levin struck out two and walked two. Shayna Adelstein earned a save with a three ground-out seventh.
WWU scored 11 runs on nine hits in the first inning of the opener. The big blows were a three-run double by Haylee Baker and a three-run homer by Levin.
Emma Blauser had an RBI double as the Vikings added two runs in the fourth.
WWU starting pitcher Jenna DeRosier (4-1) worked four innings to get the victory. Aspen Ison gave up just a two-out single in pitching the final frame.
Simon Fraser scored all three of its runs in the fourth. Nicole Ratel had a two-run single for the Clan.
Isaacson, a transfer from Bellevue CC, has reached base in every game this season.