Softball Weekly Report - Page 2

Western Washington and Simon Fraser began their seasons in Hawaii. Western Oregon: Brandy Knowles had a solid debut with the Wolves in Tucson. The former NWAACC East Region all-star at Walla Walla CC banged out two home runs and drove in eight at Tucson. She also had a double and a single and walked twice. Lexi Jennings and Jourdan Williams each had seven hits for the defending conference champions. The Clan won four of six games sweeping doubleheaders with Chaminade and BYU-Hawaii after being swept Saturday 3-1 and 6-2 by Hawaii Pacific. The Vikings split its six games, sweeping BYU-Hawaii, dividing two games with Chaminade before losing twice to Hawaii Pacific. Western Washington: Freshman Makinlee Sellevold won two games, pitching a one-hitter in a 3-0 win at Chaminade as the Vikings split their six contests. Another freshman Emily Benson led WWU in batting with a .438 average (7-of-16). Alexie Levin, the 2014 GNAC MVP, had six hits including one double and two home runs i n 17 at bats and also walked six times. She scored seven runs and drove in six accounting for nearly half (11 of 24) of WWU’s runs. Northwest Nazarene made its debut at Rocklin, Calif., losing twice to William Jessup 4-0 and 6-4. The former game was scoreless after seven innings before the NAIA school won it with an eighth-inning grand slam home run. Team Notes GNAC Players of the Week Central Washington: The Wildcats, who are the GNAC pre-season favorites along with Western Oregon, begin their 2015 campaign Friday with games against New Mexico Highlands and 19th ranked Humboldt State, which has qualified for the NCAA regionals in 21 of the past 25 seasons. Player Feb. 2-8 Pitcher Feb. 2-8 Montana State Billings: MSUB, which began the annual Las Vegas tournament in 2010 with just 16 teams participating, makes its debut against Humboldt State and Sonoma State. Coach Lisa Allen is beginning her fifth season as head coach and has an 86-76 career record. Amanda Evola, Western Oregon Makinlee Sellevold, Western Washington Week of Feb. 2-8l: Player – Amanda Evola, Western Oregon (OF, 5-7, Sr., Beaverton, OR) had 10 hits in 23 at bats as the Wolves won two of six games in the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic at Tucson, Ariz. Evola also scored six runs and stole a pair of bases. Two of WOU’s losses were in extra innings. Pitcher - Makinlee Sellevold, Western Washington (Fr., Everett, WA - Cascade), making her collegiate debut, allowed just one hit – a one-out infield single in the first inning – in a 3-0 shutout of Chaminade. Sellevold walked one batter, hit one and fanned four. Northwest Nazarene: The Crusaders gave up runs in just two innings Wednesday as William Jessup scored four in the eighth inning to win the extra-inning opener 4-0 and six in the fifth inning of the nightcap to rally from a 4-0 deficit for a 6-4 win. Ashley Pesek led NNU with three hits in six at bats. Saint Martin’s: The Saints displayed an ability to pitch from the circle losing four low-scoring games at the UC San Diego, allowing just 11 runs. Three pitchers threw four complete games – Kim Nelson (2), Sam Munger (1) and Lindsey Miller (1) – allowing 5, 3 and 3 runs, respectively. But the Saints batted just .155 scoring four runs. Tavia Jenkins (4-of-12) and Alyssa Slate (4-of-13) led the offense. Both Jenkins and Slate had three hits in Wednesday’s home twinbill and take .350 averages (7-of-20) to Vegas. GNAC Miscellany GNAC Championships: The GNAC will determine its automatic berth for the NCAA National Championships with a four-team double elimination tournament Apr. 30 – May 2 at Yakima. NCAA West Regional: Eight teams advance to the NCAA Division II West Regional tournament that will be held at two four-team sites May 7-10. The two sub-regional winners will then play a best-of-three series May 15-16 with the winner advancing to the NCAA Elite 8 May 21-25 at Oklahoma City, Okla. Simon Fraser: Alex Baylak and Rachel Proctor had great trips to Hawaii batting .476. Baylak had 10 hits in 21 at bats, scored five runs and drove in five. Proctor was also 10-of-21 and had four RBI. Danielle Raison and Stefanie Sheard each drove in two runs. SFU, which has already matched its 2014 win total, returns to the mainland with a 1.58 team ERA led by Jessica Goulet, who split two decisions and allowed just six runs (three earned) in 19 1/3 innings. 2