Pitcher Makinlee Sellevold became just the second pitcher in school history to record 20 wins in a season in the opener and Taylor Clark drove in five runs with a double and grand slam to overcome a five-run deficit in the nightcap as Western Washington University swept Central Washington University, 4-1 and 7-6, on Friday, April 24, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader in Ellensburg.
The Vikings, who have won eight of their last nine contests, improved to 26-16 overall and took over sole possession of second place in the GNAC standings at 15-7. Central fell to 18-23 overall and 9-13 in conference play.
Sellevold got both decisions in upping her record to 21-7. She scattered seven hits in a complete-game victory to open the twinbill and worked five innings of relief in the second game for the win after the Wildcats led 5-0.
The only WWU pitcher to get more victories in a campaign was Erika Quint with 28 in 2011.
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In the opener, WWU scored twice in the top of the first on a double by Alexi Levin following a single by Kali Patterson and walk to Alicia Fine.
The Vikings scored an unearned run in the third and got another run in the fifth when Autumn Isaacson hit a leadoff triple and came home on a single by Fine.
In the nightcap, Central put across five runs in the third and led 6-1 after each team scored once in the fifth.
WWU cut the deficit to three, 6-3, with two runs in the sixth. Crowe doubled across one and later scored on a hit by Arianna Barrio, who had three singles in the contest.
In the seventh, the Vikings loaded the bases on two errors and a walk, but the next two batters were retired with no runs being scored. Clark then uncorked a grand-slam home run over the centerfield fence, her first homer of the season and just the second of her three-year career.