Western Washington passes softball in Friday’s doubles

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Oregon University softball team traveled north to Bellingham to face Western Washington in a non-conference doubleheader on Friday. The Vikings rallied to win Game 1, 5-3, then won the last drink in five innings, 8-0.

In Game 1, WOU (12-7) took a 3-0 lead in the opening innings. Logan Carlos continued his hot streak at the plate before the game with a solo homer to left center on a full pitch. In round two, Carlos was back for more. With Kate Ronning and Sophie Franklin each working step to start the frame, a sacrificial bunt advanced both runners. After a strikeout for the second out, Carlos ripped a single down the left side to bring both runners up for the 3-0 lead.

Reilly Tidwell worked around a few jams to keep Western Washington (7-11) scoreless through the first 3.1 innings. Chelsea Smith recorded the last two outs of the fourth. In the fifth, the Vikings managed to break through. A solo home run and later a two-out two-run single helped the WWU tie the game at three.

WWU went ahead for good in sixth. With two outs, the Vikings were able to draw on walks and three straight singles to score two runs for the 5-3 lead. Wolves put a runner in seventh with a single par Maddie Doigbut were unable to mount a rally with the WWU hanging on for the 5-3 win.

WWU held an 11-5 lead in hits and WOU made the game’s only error.

Carlos led the way with two hits and three RBIs. Tidwell pitched the first 3.1 innings to find himself with no decision, allowing no runs with three strikeouts. Smith suffered his first loss (7-1) of the season, allowing five earned runs and three strikeouts.

Kanilehua Pitoy paced the Vikings with three hits, while Lauren Lo added two hits. Rachel Christensen scored two RBIs. Joie Baker started for WWU and went the first 1.2 innings allowing three earned runs. Kira Doan took the win (3-3) in the final 5.1 innings and allowed no runs.

In game two, WOU threatened right away with Doig recovering a single and Natalie Willoughby walking, but a fielder’s pick ended the inning.

WWU then opened up a big lead by scoring six runs on five hits in the home half of the inning to take a 6-0 lead.

WOU had two base runners in fourth when Ronning and Franklin both walked, but a strikeout ended the inning. WWU came through the last two points of the game late in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead.

WWU held a 9-1 advantage in hits and WOU made the only mistake.

Doig scored the lone hit, while Willoughby, Ronning and Franklin all walked. Jada Young started for Wolves and ended in defeat (0-1) allowing four earned runs. Nicki Derrick went the last four innings, allowing four runs (three earned), as well as four strikeouts.

Dakota Brooks and Rylie Wales led the Vikings with two hits, while Chantelle Shimabukuro drove in three runs. Sydney Brown played all five sets in the circle to win the shutout (1-1).

WOU continues the road trip as they travel to Lacey to take on Saint Martin tomorrow (Saturday) for another doubleheader starting at 12pm.

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