Western Washington University catcher Lynsey Amundson hit a two-run homer, which proved to be a game winner, and Makinlee Sellevold had a solid pitching performance as the Vikings rallied to defeat Montana State University Billings, 4-3, in the opener of a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday, March 3, at Viking Field.
The Vikings (8-6) fell 11-6 to MSUB (8-9) in the nightcap. The conference games were the first for both teams this season, and the contests were the first at home for WWU.
In the first game, MSUB took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth on a three-run homer by Kelsey Devlin.
In the bottom of the sixth, WWU’s Alexie Levin led off with a double and scored on a single by Emily Benson. With one out, Amundson drove a ball over the left field fence to give the Vikings a one-run lead they never relinquished.
Sellevold, 5-1, then worked out of a jam in the seventh for the victory. She gave up five hits, walked three and struck out four in completing her fourth game of the season.
WWU scored its first run in the third on a one-out bloop double by Autumn Isaacson, who scored on a single by Alicia Fine. Fine had three hits in the contest and Isaacson two.
MSUB had 13 hits as it scored 11 runs in the second game. Taylor Hoke, Cameron Cassinelli and Devlin each had three hits and drove in two runs for the Yellowjackets.
Isaacson had three hits for WWU, one a triple that plated a run in the sixth. Amundson hit a solo home run in the fourth, her third of the season.
Pitcher Megan Dettling, 2-1, went the distance for MSUB.
The Yellowjackets scored three runs in the first, five in the fifth and three more in the sixth.