BILLINGS, Mont. — For three of Western Oregon’s softball team’s four games against Montana State Billings, the Wolves’ offense struggled. WOU lost to the Yellowjackets 7-3 and 10-2 on Saturday and dropped the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday 5-3.
The offense came alive in the series finale as Western Oregon won a high-scoring affair 19-18.
The two teams combined for 35 hits and six home runs in the final game.
Destiny Kuehl and Jenna Kelly each hit one for the Wolves.
An RBI single from Kelly scored Ryanne Huffman for the game-winner in the top of the eighth inning.
Kelly had four hits and four RBIs during the game.
Western Oregon (9-10 overall, 1-3 GNAC) will play a doubleheader at Central Washington Saturday at 1 p.m. and at Saint Martin’s Sunday at noon.
TRACK AND FIELD WINS 11 EVENTS: Western Oregon track and field athletes took first in 11 events at the Titan Classic in Eugene on Saturday.
Brandon Bowen won the men’s shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 6¼ inches and the discus with a mark of 131-9. Keegan Allen placed first in the hammer with a throw of 153-11. Connor Reinke finished first in the high jump (6-0).
Kathryn Pitts took first in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 35-7¼ and Rachel Huffman won the shot put (42-0½) and discus (135-1).
In the track events, Codi Blodgett won the men’s 100-meter run in 11.13 seconds.
Laura Patrick placed first in the women’s 400 (1:01.52), Nicole Maurmann finished first in the 3,000 (10:04.72) and Sara Madden won the 400 hurdles (1:07.35).
Western Oregon will compete at the Willamette Invitational on Saturday.
BASEBALL EARNS SPLIT WITH CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Western Oregon’s baseball team dropped a pair of games to Central Washington on Sunday, losing 6-3 and 4-0.
Western Oregon defeated Central Washington 1-0 and 5-4 on Monday.
Pitcher Craig Grubbe threw six strikeouts in the first game on Monday and Jacob Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Western Oregon will play at Saint Martin’s for a pair of doubleheaders Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon. The Wolves host Lewis-Clark State on March 29 at 2 p.m.