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.
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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.