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Western Oregon's Jourdan Williams hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning in a win over Northwest Nazarene Friday.
March 19, 2013
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The Western Oregon University softball team saw its eight-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play in a doubleheader setback to Central Washington on Sunday.
The Wolves (15-14, 6-2 GNAC) fell Sunday in Game 1, 10-4, then dropped a wild 15-14 contest in Game 2.
WOU opened the weekend with a doubleheader sweep over Northwest Nazarene on Friday, winning Game 1 6-2 in eight innings and 11-4 in Game 2.
Jourdan Williams proved to be the hero in the opener, as the sophomore blasted a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to break open a 1-all tie and give the Wolves the lead.
Williams would hit another home run in Game 2, drilling a solo shot in the first inning that helped the Wolves build a 3-0 lead. Western then exploded for seven runs in the second inning as Amanda Evola, Williams and Danielle Harcourt all tallied RBI.
Western returns to action Saturday, when it hosts Simon Fraser in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, WOU will host Western Washington in a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.
WOU DROPS THREE-GAME SERIES: The Western Oregon baseball team finished a rough series at Cal State Monterey Bay with three losses over the weekend, losing 20-3 on Friday and then sustaining 5-2 and 1-0 losses in Saturday's doubleheader. Friday, the Otters (18-8) tallied 24 hits in their offensive barrage, scoring at least one run in every inning. WOU's closest shot at victory came with Zach Nuno's stellar performance on the mound in Sunday's Game 2. The right-hander struck out six batters and gave up just four hits in his six-inning performance, but the Wolves (two hits) were not able to answer the Otters' run in the fifth inning.
Track and Field
SCHUMAKER PICKS UP ANOTHER WIN: Western Oregon's Amanda Schumaker is headed to nationals. The senior thrower hit the NCAA automatic qualifying mark with her throw of 154 feet, 9 inches, to win the javelin competition at Saturday's Oregon Preview. It will be Schumaker's fourth trip to the NCAA Division II national meet, to be held this year in Pueblo, Colo. Highlights for WOU on the men's side Saturday were Jeff Howard (second in the 100), Justin Larson (second in the men's javelin), Jake Hyde (third in the long jump) and Kody Rhodes (fifth in 110 hurdles, third in 400 hurdles). For the women, Emmi Collier's throw of 43-3 placed her second in the shot put, just shy of an NCAA provisional standard.