WWU finishes second in GNAC standings


Western Washington University ended its regular season by splitting a softball doubleheader with defending league champion Saint Martin's University, losing the opener 6-5 in eight innings and winning the nightcap 5-4, to clinch sole possession of second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings Sunday at SMU Field.

WWU took a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning of the nightcap when Autumn Isaacson singled, stole her 31st base of the season, went to third on a throwing error, and scored on a single by Kaleigh Keating.

Aspen Ison, 7-3, pitched the complete-game victory, ending the game on a strikeout with the tying run on third.

Haylee Baker got the Vikings off to a 2-0 lead in the first with her eighth home run of the year. The Saints responded with two runs in their half of the inning.

WWU took a 4-2 lead by scoring runs in each of the next two innings. Isaacson had a sacrifice fly in the second and Alexie Levin became the first Viking to reach double-figure homers in a season with her 10th in the third.

Saint Martin's again came back and tied the score at 4-4 with two unearned runs in the sixth.

In the opener, WWU trailed 4-3 after the Saints scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Vikings' Jordan Walley tied the game at 4-4, leading off the sixth with her third home run, and Emma Blauser gave WWU a 5-4 lead with her seventh homer in the top of the eighth.

But Saint Martin's ended the contest with two runs in the bottom of that frame, one scoring on a wild pitch and the other on a fielder's choice.

Blauser, Isaacson, and Keating each had three hits as WWU had 15 in the game. With two outs in the fifth, Isaacson doubled and scored on a triple by Keating, who came home on a single by Baker.

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