Western Washington takes two
Quint picks up 25th and 26th victories of the season in sweep
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Erika Quint picked up her 25th and 26 victories, one as a starter and one in relief, as nationally ranked Western Washington swept Western Oregon, 3-2 in the opener and 8-7 (in eight innings) in the finale, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Sunday.
The Vikings, ranked No.25 in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and No.4 in the West Region, improved to 34-12 overall, tying the school season victory total set in 2007.
In the first game, Quint (26-5) went the distance, allowing just three hits, striking out eight and walking five. She pitched four innings of scoreless relief in the second contest as WWU rallied from a 7-3 deficit.
WWU took an early 3-0 lead in the opener.
In the third inning, Rachelle Berry hit a two-out double and scored as Michelle Wrigley reached second on a two-base error and eventually scored on a passed ball.
In the fourth, Krista Bickar doubled. Pinch runner Stephanie Fox advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Melissa Becker.
WOU cut the Vikings' lead to 3-1 in the bottom of that frame on a solo home run by Jessica Hallmark, her 12th of the season and 42nd of her career.
Quint walked the first three Wolves she faced in the sixth. After getting two outs, she walked in a run before working out of the jam with a popup.
Jessica Wood (5-17) got the loss for WOU, giving up just one earned run.
In the nightcap, WWU scored four runs in the sixth to tie the score at 7-7 and got what proved to be the winning run in the eighth on a two-out rally.
Jackie Rothenberger drove in two runs in the four-run sixth with a single. Meghan Carillo and Berry also had run-scoring singles.
Bickar had a two-out single in the eighth and pinch runner Karli Baumgartner went to third on a single by Berry and scored on a base hit by Caitlin Dotlich, who was 3-for-5 in the game.
Rothenberger, Bickar and Berry each had two safeties in the 13-hit attack.