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WWU softball knocks off No.3 Dixie State, 7-6 in eight innings

Makinlee Sellevold pitched a complete game and knocked in four runs with three hits including the game winner as Western Washington knocked off nationally ranked Dixie State, 7-6 in eight innings, in second-day action Saturday, Feb. 14, at the sixth annual Montana State Billings Desert Stinger softball tournament in Las Vegas.

The Vikings, who played Cal State Monterey Bay late Saturday, improved to 6-4 overall. They are 3-1 in tourney play, their only loss being to No.23 Cal Baptist.

Dixie State fell to 5-4. The Red Storm was ranked No.3 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Pre-season Poll after winning 51 games and reaching the national championships last year.

Sellevold won the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-out, bases-loaded single. She also had a run-scoring single in the first and a two-run double in the second.

Emily Benson and Jordan Walley each hit solo home runs for WWU. Benson’s shot came in the third and Walley’s four-bagger in the seventh sent the game into extra innings.

Alicia Fine continued her torrid hitting in the tourney, driving in a run with a double in the sixth.

In WWU’s four tourney games, Fine has six hits, five of them for extra bases, knocking in 12 runs and scoring six. Among her three home runs is one grand-slam.