Two wins give Wolves series split

The softball team goees 2-2 against Simon Fraser.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon's softball team evened its Great Northwest Athletic Conference record at 4-4 March 7 by beating host Simon Fraser 3-2 and 6-5.

Jessica Wood pitched a five-hitter for the Wolves in game one. Western scored all six of its runs in game two in the sixth inning, erasing a 3-0 deficit.

Wood gave Western (7-6 overall) a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the day's first game when she scored on a double by Bailey Rueck.

Simon Fraser, which beat Western 5-3 and 3-2 March 6, scored twice in the bottom half of the inning and took a 2-1 lead. Wood, though, settled down and did not allow another baserunner until the seventh inning.

The Wolves regained the lead with single runs in the second and third innings as Kendra George and Andrea Bailey scored on throwing errors.

Wood retired 12 consecutive batters from the second through sixth innings and finished with five strikeouts.

Simon Fraser took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning of game two on a two-run homer from Kelsey Haberl. Haberl added an RBI single in the fifth, making it 3-0.

Tierra-Lyn Cuba led off the sixth for Western with a walk, and Jessica Hallmark followed with a two-run homer.

Kelsie Didion later tied the game with a groundout to third. George drove in the go-ahead run with a single, and Bailey added a two-run double to make it 6-3.

The Clan's Leah Riske made it a one-run game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, but Brittany Mayers then popped up to end the game.

Alex Hillmick tossed a five-hitter for the Wolves, striking out four and walking one.

Western failed to hold leads in the two games on March 6.

Solo home runs from Hallmark and Misfeldt in the fifth inning gave the Wolves to a 2-0 lead in the first game. It was the 32nd career home run for Hallmark and the first for Misfeldt. Hallmark is the school's all-time leading home run hitter. It was the first career home run for Misfeldt.

Later in the same inning, Danielle Harcourt singled and scored on a double by Bailey, giving Western a 3-0 edge.

Simon Fraser rallied with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Western took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game two when Wood doubled home Bailey and Cuba. The Wolves, though, would not score again.

Simon Fraser tied it in the third when Carley LePoutre drove in a run and then scored herself on an error.

The winning run scored in the sixth on a passed ball.

Western next will travel to Western Washington for a pair of double-headers March 12-13.


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