The Western Washington University softball team won five of six games last week, including two against conference leader Saint Martin’s, to earn Red Lion Hotels Team of the Week honors.
The Vikings improved to 24-16 overall and 13-7 in the GNAC. With two weeks of the regular season left, they are tied with Montana State Billings for second place in the conference and trail first-place Saint Martin’s by just one game.
Last week, WWU held its opponents to a .239 batting average, while hitting .339 as it outscored three conference foes by 16 runs.
Two Vikings were honored as the GNAC’s Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, for their performances. They were freshman pitcher Makinlee Sellevold, who won all four of her decisions, and junior outfielder/designated hitter Alexie Levin, who hit three home runs and drove in 11 runs.
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WWU opened the week with a doubleheader sweep, 9-3 and 6-1, at Simon Fraser on Wednesday, Apr. 8. Levin, last year’s GNAC Player of the Year, broke out of a slump with a home run and four RBI in the opener.
In the nightcap, reliever Shayna Adelstein got the win, allowing just one run in four innings. Shortstop Alicia Fine drove in two runs and scored one, and Allie Crowe hit her first career home run.
Returning home to host Western Oregon on Saturday, April 11, WWU rallied from a three-run deficit for a 9-5 win before losing 8-5. The big hit in the victory was a three-run homer by Levin as the Vikings matched WOU’s five runs in the top of the fifth with five of their own in the bottom of that inning. Kali Patterson was 3-for-3 for WWU, driving in two runs and scoring two.
On Sunday, Apr. 12, the Vikings swept GNAC-leader Saint Martin’s, 5-4 and 4-1. Sellevold pitched two complete-game victories and got the decisive hit, a three-run homer, in the sixth inning of the opener. In the nightcap, Levin drove in all four WWU runs with a solo home run and a bases-clearing double.
Sellevold’s four wins improved her season record to 19-7. The 19 wins lead the GNAC. On the week, she had a 2.41 earned run average.