Softball Weekly Report

April 29, 2015 www.gnacsports.com (503-305-8756) Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) Softball: GNAC Championships Begin Thursday in Yakima GNAC Standings Saint Martin’s Western Washington Montana State Billings Western Oregon Central Washington Simon Fraser Northwest Nazarene W 20 17 14 13 11 5 2 L 4 7 8 9 13 19 22 W 40 28 26 21 20 17 9 L 16 16 21 26 23 30 37 H 16-4 9-3 9-5 10-4 8-4 5-11 5-17 A 12-8 11-7 9-8 6-6 6-15 6-14 2-13 N 12-4 8-6 8-8 5-16 6-4 5-6 2-7 The Saints haven’t lost since dropping a doubleheader (54, 4-1) at Western Washington on April 12. Those two wins began a six-game streak for the Vikings, who have won 10 of their last 11. LAST WEEK: Friday – Western Washington 4-7 at Central Washington 1-6; Western Oregon 1-5 at MSU Billings 4-1; Saint Martin’s 7-20 at Northwest Nazarene 2-9. Saturday – Western Oregon at MSU Billings, cancelled; Saint Martin’s 8-11 at Northwest Nazarene 0-7; Simon Fraser 0-0 at Western Washington 10-5. Sunday – Simon Fraser 0-5 at Central Washington 11-10. WWU is 10-2 in the month of April and has been led in that time by pitcher Makinlee Sellevold, outfielder Autumn Isaacson and shortstop Alicia Fine. WWU’s last two losses (8-5 on April 11 and 4-2 on April 2) both came against Western Oregon. Sellevold is 9-1 in April, winning her last nine decisions, including all six during WWU’s current win streak. Her ERA in April is 1.79. GNAC Tournament (April 30, May 1-2 at Yakima, Wash.): Thursday - #2 Montana State Billings vs. #3 Western Washington, 4:30 p.m.; #1 Saint Martin’s vs. #4 Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Friday – Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 2 p.m.; Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 4:30 p.m.; Loser 3 vs. Winner 4, 7 p.m. Saturday – Winner 5 vs. Winner 3, noon; Winner 5 vs. Winner 3, 2:30 p.m. (if necessary). Isaacson is hitting .368 in April and has stolen 13 bases in the month increasing her season total to 30, one shy of her own GNAC record. She has 61 career steals, which ranks third in GNAC history. On the season she is batting .316 and has five triples. HITTING STREAKS (10 or more): 21 – Sam Munger, Saint Martin’s. 16 - *Sammy Morris, CWU. 14 - Amanda Evola, WOU. 12 - *Bella Rovens, MSUB. 11 - Sam Munger, SMU; Amanda Evola, WOU. 10 – Austin Wilkerson, CWU; Lindsay Miller, SMU; Kailyn Campbell, CWU; Sammy Morris, CWU; Kali Patterson, WWU. *Current. Fine leads WWU in batting with a .373 average and is also tied for the team lead in home runs with 6 and RBI with 37. Alexie Levin also has six home runs and 37 RBI and Emily Benson also has gone deep six times. ALL-TOURNAMENT: MSUB Stinger (Feb. 13-15) – Taylor Hoke, MSUB. CSUS (March 27-29) – Sam Munger, SMU; Makinlee Sellevold, WWU; Kailyn Campbell, CWU. Sellevold takes a 23-7 record to Yakima. Her victory total is one more than GNAC Pitcher of the Year Sam Munger. Saints, Vikings Take Win Streaks into Championship Munger, who has 82 career wins (No. 2 in GNAC history), brings a 22-4 record and a league-best 2.24 ERA to Yakima. PORTLAND, Ore. – Top-seed Saint Martin’s and secondseed Western Washington will take eight and six-game win streaks, respectively, into the third annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Championships at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima. Munger, who was also voted the GNAC Co-Player of the Year along with Montana State Billings shortstop Taylor Hoke, ranks second in the GNAC in batting with a .431 average. The championships begin Thursday as Western Washington (28-16) opens against third-seed Montana State Billings (26-21) at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. The Saints, whose 40 victories are just one shy of their school record, are also led by Taviah Jenkins who is hitting .388 and has 11 home runs and a league-best 56 RBI. The second game will send defending champion Western Oregon (21-26) up against top-seed and 2013 champion Saint Martin’s (40-16) at 7 p.m. Hoke, first baseman Emily Osborn, outfielder Bella Rovens and pitcher Jessyka MacDonald lead MSUB. 1