Making a season-high five errors and matching a season low with just four hits, No.2-seed Western Washington University fell 6-1 to No.3-seed Montana State Billings in a first-round game on Thursday, Apr. 30, at the third annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Tournament in Yakima
The Vikings, 28-17, meet the loser of the No.1-seed Saint Martin’s vs. No.4-seed Western Oregon on Friday, May 1 (4:30 p.m.), in the double-elimination tourney which runs through Saturday, May 2. MSUB, which split four regular-season games with WWU in early March, improved to 27-21.
WWU had a six-game winning streak snapped and pitcher Makinlee Sellevold (23-8) suffered her first loss after winning nine straight decisions. All six Yellowjacket runs were unearned.
MSUB scored single runs in the second and third innings. With two out in the fifth, Heather Tracy reached on an error and advanced to third on a single by Aubrey Conseicao. Tracy scored on a single by Emily Osborn and Cameron Cassinelli followed with a three-run homer over the centerfield wall for a 6-0 Yellowjacket lead. The home run was Cassinelli’s fifth of the season.
WWU, which got a two-out triple by Alexie Levin in the fourth, scored its only run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice by Autumn Isaacson that drove in Lynsey Amundson, who led off the inning with a single.
Isaacson then stole her 31st base of the season, tying her own GNAC single-season record. But after a walk to load the bases, MSUB got out of the inning with a force out.
The Vikings’ other two hits were a double by Sellevold and a single by Allie Crowe.
MSUB pitcher Jessica MacDonald (17-6) struck out two and walked two in the complete-game victory.
Taylor Hoke had two hits and drove in a run for the Yellowjackets.