Shortstop Alicia Fine had four hits, three for extra bases, drove in seven runs and scored three as Western Washington University split the first two of three games in first-day action Friday, Feb. 13, at the sixth annual Montana State Billings Desert Stinger collegiate softball tournament in Las Vegas.
The Vikings, 4-4, blasted Fort Lewis CO, 15-7, in a game that ended after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule. That followed a 7-4 loss to Cal Baptist.
WWU played Western New Mexico at 7 p.m.
In the win over Fort Lewis, the Vikings scored 15 runs on 14 hits. Fine, a transfer from NCAA Division I Portland State, hit two home runs, a two-run blast in the second and a grand-slam in the fourth, and walked twice. She finished with six runs batted in and scored three times.
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Five other WWU players had two hits in the game. They were Allie Crowe, who drove in two runs and scored two; Autumn Isaacson, who scored twice; Alexie Levin, Sarah Morrow, who scored twice; and Makinlee Sellevold, who drove in one run and scored one.
In all, the Vikings had seven extra base hits, Besides Fine’s homers, Isaacson had a triple, Sellevold two doubles, and Crowe and Holly Hawkins each had a double.
Getting the win in relief for WWU was Shayna Adelstein (2-1).
In the loss to Cal Baptist, WWU took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. Isaacson singled, went to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.
Over the next five innings, Cal Baptist scored seven runs, all off Sellevold, who suffered her first loss in three decisions.
The Vikings picked up another run in the fifth on a double by Fine and two more in the seventh on a single by Emily Benson.