Softball returns to action this week in Idaho in GNAC Play At Nighthawks
NAMPA, Idaho- After last competing in California in the Tournament of Champions on April 3, the Western Oregon University softball team returns to the field this week by traveling to Idaho to take on the Northwest Nazarene in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference four-game series Friday starting at 1 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. both departure times are Pacific.
WOU (19-19, 4-8 GNAC) went 2-3 in the Tournament of Champions earning wins over Dominican (CA) and Academy of Art.
Logan Carlos enters the week with .394 with 52 hits, 29 runs, seven doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 30 RBIs. She leads the team in average, hits, triples and RBI, while tying for the lead in the walks. Natalie Willoughby is averaging .380, posting 38 hits, 30 runs, 10 doubles, 10 homers, 29 RBIs and 14 walks. She leads the team in home runs, runs scored and is tied for the team lead in doubles. Zoie Recolan hitting .352 with 38 hits, 14 runs, 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 15 RBIs, as well as 14 walks. She is tied for the team lead in doubles. Sophie Franklin hitting .314 with 27 hits, 16 runs, six doubles, two triples and 15 RBIs. Kirah McGlothan is averaging .308 with 33 hits, 22 runs, eight doubles, three home runs and 25 RBIs. Other best averages include Maddie Doig hitting .292 with two homers, Kate Ronning hits .276 with 11 RBI and Erica Soliz hits .367 with 14 RBI.
In the circle, Chelsea Smith leads the team with nine wins in 77.2 innings, has a 3.52 ERA and has 85 strikeouts. She also has seven full games. Maddie Mayer leads the team with a 3.18 ERA in 81.1 innings, recording six wins, one stoppage and eight complete games, as well as 59 strikeouts. Reilly Tidwell has three wins on the season in 58.2 innings, holding a 3.58 ERA, as well as 42 strikeouts and three complete games. Nicki Derrick has one win and one stoppage in 19 innings, Jada Young has pitched 10 innings and Soliz has 2.2 innings in the circle this year.
Mayer is third in GNAC and Smith is fifth in GNAC in complete games. Mayer is ninth in the GNAC in games started (12). Smith also ranks third in the GNAC in hits allowed per seven innings (5.95), second in the GNAC and 69and nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (7.7) and fifth in GNAC in WHIP (1.34). Carlos is first in the GNAC and 37and nationally in hits, third in GNAC and 83rd nationally in home runs, third in GNAC in home runs per game (0.21), second in GNAC and 95and nationally in slugging percentage (.705), first in GNAC and 22n/a nationally in total bases (93), first in the GNAC and 12and national in triplets and first of the GNAC and 37and nationally in triples per game (0.13). Willoughby leads the GNAC and is 36and at the national level in the circuits, leads the GNAC and is 37 years oldand nationally in home runs per game (0.29), leads GNAC and is 38and nationally in slugging percentage (.780) and second in GNAC and 92n/a at the national level in total bases (78). Bella Valdes ranks sixth in the GNAC in walks per game (0.52).
The Northwest Nazarene is 21-15 overall and 9-3 at GNAC. The Nighthawks were just named the GNAC Team of the Week after racking up 44 points in a four-game sweep at Montana State Billings. NNU is 6-2 at home this season.
Sidney Booth continues to be a solid two-way star for the Nighthawks, leading the team with an average of .422, totaling 46 hits, 27 runs, 12 doubles, six home runs and 33 RBIs. In the circle, she leads the way with a 2.20 ERA in 124 innings, going 10-8 with one stoppage, as well as 130 strikeouts.
Ivy Hommel is hitting .400 with 42 hits, 41 runs, six doubles, three triples, six home runs and 25 RBIs. Charlotte Forniss is another two-way star for NNU hitting .333 with 25 hits, seven doubles, three homers and 21. In the circle, she has a 2.56 ERA in 38.1 innings, totaling three wins and three complete matches. Abigail Gagnon rounds out the group with .300 to .304 with 31 hits, 16 runs, eight doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs. Maia McNicoll provided the power with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Also, at the feet of Booth and Forniss in the circle, Gina Skinner and Tori Hensley saw time. Skinner pitched in 29.2 innings, going 3-2 with one stoppage, and Hensley has five wins in 46.2 innings.
WOU has gone 69-31 in the series against NNU since 2002 and is 38-16 at Idaho in that span. Last year the teams played each other 10 times with NNU going 6-4. WOU won the first meeting last year which was no-hitter from Tidwell in Nampa, then NNU came back to win the last three games. In the meetings at Monmouth, WOU won the first three games before the Nighthawks won the final. The teams played twice in the GNAC Championships with WOU nearly winning the first game, before the Nighthawks won that game and then the second game.
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