Unable to hold onto a five-run lead late in the opener and a one-run advantage midway in the nightcap, Western Washington University was swept by unbeaten Hawaii Pacific University, 9-8 in eight innings and 5-1, in a softball doubleheader on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
In the first game, the Vikings’ got two in the first on a homer by Alexie Levin, her second of the young season, and 14th of her three-year career. They also picked up single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames. The fourth inning run came on a lead-off home run by Emily Benson, her first as a collegian.
WWU took an 8-7 lead with a run in the top of the eighth as Emily Blauser, who had been placed on second, eventually scored on a ground out by Autumn Isaacson.
But a walk-off, two-run double by pinch hitter Chelsea Crawford gave the victory to the Sharks.
In the second game, the Vikings again took an early lead as they scored in the first on a two-out single by Levin.
Alicia Fine, Makinlee Sellevold and Levin each had three hits for the Vikings on the afternoon.