Western Washington University rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat Western Oregon University, 9-5, in the opener and lost 8-5 in the nightcap of a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 11, at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
WWU, 22-16 overall, dropped to third in the GNAC standings at 11-7. WOU, 16-23 overall, remained fourth in the league at 8-6.
The Vikings entertain GNAC leader Saint Martin’s on Sunday, Apr. 12. The twinbill begins at 12 noon.
After WOU took a 5-2 lead in the first game with five runs in the top of the fifth inning, the Vikings scored five in their half of the frame. The big hit was a three-run homer by Alexie Levin, which put WWU ahead 7-5. The home run was Levin’s fifth of the season and 17th of her career, second among WWU all-time leaders.
The Vikings took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run single by Emily Benson.
WWU pitcher Makinlee Sellevold (17-7) got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the third, but in the fifth gave up a two-run homer to Kelsie Gardner, a run-scoring double to Jourdan Williams and a two-run homer to Lexi Jennings.
Kali Patterson was 3-for-3 for the Vikings, driving in two runs and scoring two. She had RBI singles in the fifth and in WWU’s two-run sixth.
In the second contest, WOU scored two runs in the first, but the Vikings countered with two unearned runs in the bottom of that inning.
The Wolves broke the tie with three runs in the second. Emma Alfonso had a two-run single and scored on an error.
WOU made it 6-2 in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Alfonso.
WWU got back to within one, 6-5. The Vikings scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, Arianna Barrio driving in one with a double and Autumn Isaacson plating another on a sacrifice fly. Then Alicia Fine hit a homer to lead off the fifth, her fourth of the year.
WOU extended its lead to three in the sixth as Destiny Kuehl hit a two-run homer. Kuehl was 3-for-3 in the game, scoring three runs and driving in two.
Williams remained perfect in the circle for the Wolves at 5-0.