Saving its best pitcher for tournament play this weekend, Western Washington University was no match for nationally ranked Sonoma State University, falling 14-2 in a game that lasted just five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule, on Thursday, March 26, at Warrior Field.
WWU fell to 14-11 and Sonoma State, ranked No.21 in this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 Poll, improved to 23-7.
Sonoma State, helped by three Viking throwing errors, scored eight runs in the top of the second. The Seawolves, who finished with 13 hits off three WWU pitchers, got five more in the third and two in the fifth.
WWU’s runs came in the bottom of the second when Alexie Levin reached base on catcher’s interference and scored on a double by Emily Benson and in the fifth when Emma Blauser led off with an infield single, advanced to third on a double by Kali Patterson and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alicia Fine.
Patterson had two of the Vikings’ five hits.
Ancia Purdy, Keeley Ray and Aubrie Tolliver each had two hits for Sonoma State. Toliver drove in three runs, two on a double in the fifth, and scored one; Ray scored three and Purdy scored two and drove in one.