Carlie Richards and Arianna Barrio put Western Washington University ahead for good in the sixth inning with back-to-back run-scoring doubles as the Vikings rebounded for a 7-5 victory over Western Oregon University in the nightcap of its Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Thursday, Apr. 2, at the WOU campus field.
The Vikings, 19-15 overall and 8-6 in GNAC play, dropped the opener, 4-2. WOU is 14-21 overall and 6-4 in conference action.
WWU matched its season high with three home runs in the second game. Kali Patterson and Emily Benson each had solo shots in the first and second innings and Jordan Walley added a two-run blast in a three-run third as the Vikings took a 5-1 lead.
But the Wolves tied the score at 5-5 with two runs in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth. That set the stage for WWU’s two-run sixth.
Pitcher Makinlee Sellevold (15-7), who started the game for the Vikings and came back in relief, got the victory as she gave up just one run.
Patterson’s round-tripper was her first of the season. She has hit safely in 12 of her last 13 games, sporting a .486 (17 for 35) average during that stretch.
Benson’s homer was her team-leading sixth of the year and Walley’s her third of the season and 12th of her career.
Alicia Fine (Sr., Mount Vernon) drove in WWU’s other run in the third with a sacrifice fly.
In the first contest, all six runs were scored in the sixth inning.
The Vikings scored twice in the top of that frame. Autumn Isaacson and Patterson opened with back-to-back singles and eventually scored on a throwing error and a fly caught in foul territory, respectively.
Sellevold retired 15 of the first 19 batters she faced. But with one out in the bottom of the sixth, WOU loaded the bases with a walk and two hit batters. One run scored on a fielder’s choice and another on a throwing error to tie the score at 2-2. A two-out, two-run single by Elaine Sperry provided what proved to be the winning margin.
Alyson Boytz (6-9) got the complete-game victory for WOU, allowing just four hits, striking out six, walking one and hitting one batter.