WWU splits games with defending champs

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 15, 2014 

Western Washington University did not have a hit in generating the only run of the first game and gave up six unearned runs in the final inning of the second game as it split a doubleheader with defending champion Saint Martin's University, winning 1-0 and losing 7-3, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action Saturday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.

The Vikings' Jenna DeRosier (5-2) scattered seven hits in pitching a shutout in the opener for the Vikings, now 11-6 overall and 3-3 in GNAC action.

WWU scored the lone run of the first game in the fourth inning. Autumn Isaacson drew a leadoff walk and stole second and third bases before scoring on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Haylee Baker.

With the help of some standout defense, DeRosier did not give up a run despite having runners in scoring position for five of the seven innings. A backhand grab of a sharp ground ball just inside third base by Emma Blauser ended a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth, and Baker helped turn a double play to end the game.

Sam Munger was 3-for-3 for Saint Martin's and Lacey McGladrey had two hits.

WWU held a 3-1 lead in the second game before Saint Martin's erupted for six runs, all unearned, in the seventh. The Saints' Dani Wall had the big blow, a two-run double. Also driving in runs were Munger, Taviah Jenkins and Jackie Schmaeling, who was 3-for-4.

WWU's Kali Patterson was 3-for-3.

The Vikings scored two runs in the third, Levin driving in one with a single and Amundson another on a sacrifice fly. Lauren Bennett gave WWU a 3-1 lead with a run-scoring single in the third.

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