Western maintains conference lead

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Western pitcher Stephanie Albrecht, a Dallas High graduate, gets ready to wing home homeward March 28 during the win against Northwest Nazarene.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon and Central Washington split their March 30 doubleheader Monday as the Wildcats claimed a 5-1 victory in game one before the host Wolves responded for a 9-4 win in the second game.

WOU won three of the four games in the series to move to 14-7 on the season and 7-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference while extending its lead in the standings to three games. CWU dropped to 7-17 on the season and 3-9 in the GNAC.

In game one, Central Washington scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie.

Michael McCanna (2-2) pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, allowing eight hits and seven walks while striking out three.

Mike Eisenhauer started the game for Western Oregon and pitched eight innings, allowing six hits and an unearned run while walking two and striking out four.

The Wolves trailed 1-0 in the in the bottom of the seventh inning before Travis Fox doubled down the right field line to score pinch-runner Alex Yeaney.

A pair of errors helped spark CWU's winning rally in the 10th inning.

"We had no answer to their pitcher," Western coach Jeremiah Robbins said. "He battled us throughout the game, and Eisenhauer had some tough luck."

Western stranded 13 runners. All five of the Wildcats' runs were unearned. Pitcher Kirk Lind (2-1) suffered his first loss of the year.

In the nightcap, Travis Fox, Thomas McCarthy and J.J. Mascolo each had two RBIs for the Wolves.

WOU batted around in a four-run second-inning outburst. Justin Speer scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by McCarthy. One out later, Griffin Boyd singled and stole second. Garrett Breda doubled in Boyd and scored on a single by Mascolo. Mascolo later scored on an error.

Pitcher Jacob Pettit (4-0) started for the Wolves and went six innings. He yielded seven hits and four runs while striking out five.

Western will continue GNAC play

Next series

The Western Oregon baseball team will continue GNAC play today, April 1 at Saint Martin's.

SOFTBALL

Jessica Hallmark and Krysta Pennington hit back-to-back first-inning home runs and Stephanie Albrecht pitched a four-hitter March 28 to lift Western Oregon to an 8-0 victory over Northwest Nazarene.

The second game of a scheduled doubleheader was canceled because of rain.

WOU took a 4-0 lead in the first when Hallmark hit a three-run blast to left on a 3-2 pitch and Pennington followed with a solo shot.

Albrecht pitched five innings and struck out four while improving to 4-3 on the season. The Dallas High product gave up just four singles in her second shutout of the season.

The Wolves added single runs in the third and fourth before scoring two in the fifth to activate the eight-run mercy rule. Tyler Sutherland scored Western Oregon's final run on a bases-loaded walk to Hallmark.

Hallmark had four RBIs with two walks and two runs scored. Bailey Rueck was three-for-three with an RBI and a double.

Western next will travel to Turlock, Calif., April 3-5 for the Best of the West Tournament.



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