BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Erika Hendron pitched her first complete-game victory of the season and Michelle Wrigley had a clutch two-run single as 21st-ranked Western Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory against Simon Fraser to split a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Viking Field.
Western, which is ranked No.1 in the West Region, lost the opener 4-3 in 11 innings. The Vikings are now 31-12 overall and second in the GNAC at 19-9.
Simon Fraser, which has won three of six games against Western this season, improved to 9-18-1 overall and 9-14-1 in conference action.
In the nightcap, Hendron (2-1) allowed just four hits, all singles, walking seven and striking out two. She did not give up a hit during a stretch of five innings.
Simon Fraser took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out single by Leah Riske. That stood up until the fifth, when the Vikings scored three runs, two on a single up the middle by Wrigley and another on a single by Caitlin Dotlich for a 3-1 lead.
Western scored another run in the sixth. Rachelle Berry led off with a single and after a walk, pinch runner Hilary Cosentino scored on a single by Kelsey Anderson.
The Clan loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, scoring one run on a fielder’s choice by Riske in between a strikeout and a diving catch by center fielder Karli Baumgartner to end the game.
Simon Fraser starter Cara Lukawesky pitched four scoreless innings before being relieved by Cortney McCallum.
Wrigley hit her 16th double of the season in the first and now stands two short of the school record. She had two hits in the contest as did Anderson.
In the opener, Brittany Mayers’ two-run homer in the 11th, her fourth of the season, proved to be the decisive blow for the Clan.
Simon Fraser broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the sixth. Riske hit a solo home run, her ninth of the year. Then with two outs, Megan Durant and Sammie Olexa hit back-to-back doubles for another run.
Western forced extra innings with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Baumgartner figured in both of them, leading off the sixth with a single, stealing second and scoring on a fielder’s choice, and hitting a two-out double in the seventh to score Dotlich, who had reached on a double.
After both teams failed to score for three innings, Simon Fraser broke through in the 11th, the second international tie-breaker inning.
In its half of the frame, Western loaded the bases and got one run on a ground out by Dotlich. But Simon Fraser’s Lukawesky (8-6), who allowed just four hits and one earned run in 5-2/3 innings of relief, was able to work out of the jam by getting two ground outs.
Western pitcher Erika Quint (23-5) struck out 13 in 9-2/3 innings. It was the 11th time this season that she had fanned 10 or more in a game, breaking the GNAC record.