Western Oregon splits doubleheader

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Western Oregon hurler Jessica Wood delivers a pitch April 25 during the second game of a doubleheader against Western Washington.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon split a doubleheader with visiting Western Washington April 25, winning game one 6-2 and falling 5-1 in the second game.

Western (28-17 overall, 22-10 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) remained in second place, two games behind league-leading Central Washington.

Jessica Hallmark carried the Wolves' offense in game one of the twinbill. She went three-for-three with a home run, two RBIS and three runs scored. Dating back to the team's previous game, Hallmark had base hits in seven consecutive at-bats.

Freshman Kelsey White pitched a five-hitter for the win. She walked three and struck out four.

WOU jumped on WWU's starter Sarah McEnroe early, as it put up three runs in the bottom of the first. Tyler Sutherland led off the inning with a walk and promptly stole second base. She scored on Hallmark's two-out single. Two more runners came home thanks to errors by the Vikings.

Western Washington narrowed the gap to 3-2, but Hallmark homered to lead off the fourth inning, extending her school single-season home run mark to 12.

Western Oregon's Sashi Koki added a two-out, two-run double in the sixth.

Erika Quint pitched a complete game for the Vikings in game two. She allowed five hits and five walks and struck out six.

Western Oregon now will travel to Nampa, Idaho for a four-game series with Northwest Nazarene April 30 and May 1.

BASEBALL

Western Oregon's hopes for a bid into the NCAA West Regional took a hit on April 25 when the Wolves lost 6-2 at Chico State.

The No. 6 Wolves (27-14, 21-3 GNAC) lost three of four games in the series to No. 4 Chico State (30-16). The top four teams in the final West Region poll advance to the regional playoffs.

Western jumped ahead of Chico 2-0 on early solo home runs by Jason Moseby and Daniel Dillard.

Chico State tied the game with single runs in the fourth and the fifth and took the lead for good in the seventh on a two-run homer by Jackson Evans.

Grant Glover and Devon Bouvier both went two-for-four for the Wolves. Glover extended his hitting streak to 22 games, the third-longest in the history of the GNAC. Dillard's home run was his 14th of the season, and tied him with Chris Ridenour and Andy Ortmayer for the WOU single-season record.

Western now will return to Monmouth for its final homestand of the season. Central Washington will come to town for a four-game set May 1-2. Sunday will also be Senior Day for 15 Wolves.



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