Western Washington University pitcher Makinlee Sellevold worked out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the bottom of the seventh inning and Autumn Isaacson had three hits and scored two runs as the Vikings defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-3, in their first game Friday, March 27, at the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Calif.
But WWU, 15-13, did not score the rest of the day, losing 8-0 to Humboldt State in five innings and 1-0 to Cal State East Bay in eight innings.
Trailing 3-2 against CSUDH, the Vikings scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead. Ali Crowe drove in one run on a fielder’s choice and Alexie Levin another on a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of that frame, Sellevold (11-4) retired the first two batters on a fly out and ground out, only to have CSUDH load the bases on a double, single and walk. But she preserved the victory by throwing out the next batter on a ground out back to the circle.
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Sellevold gave up six hits, walked three and struck out one. She began the game by retiring the first eight CSUDH batters.
The Vikings took an early 2-0 lead. In the third, Isaacson singled, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. In the fifth, Sellevold doubled and pinch runner Sarah Morrow went to third on a sacrifice and scored on a ground out by Kali Patterson.
CSUDH tied it at 2-2 with two runs in the fifth and took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on a run-scoring triple by Kaci McGinnis.
WWU managed just five hits in the loss to Humboldt State that was ended by the eight-run mercy rule.
The Lumberjacks’ Dani Randall was 3-for-3, and Breonna Bejaran hit a three-run homer to key Humboldt State’s five-run third.
The Vikings got only six hits in eight-inning loss to CSUEB, two each by Crowe and Patterson.
With the tiebreaker rule in play, WWU was unable to score in the top of the eighth after loading the bases with one out.
In the bottom of that inning, the Pioneers’ Ali Cerminara ended the game with a two-out, bases-loaded single.
CSUEB got just five hits off the Vikings’ Sellevold(11-5), who walked three and struck out two in 7-2/3 innings.