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WOU ROUNDUP: Western Oregon softball team surging down GNAC stretch

With a crucial series win over Simon Fraser Saturday and a split with Western Washington Sunday, the Western Oregon University softball team remained in the thick of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference race for the top four spots.

Western Oregon's Hannah Pomeroy was named GNAC Player of the Week after she picked up two big wins over Simon Fraser and Western Washington last weekend.

Photo by Nicole Watkins

Western Oregon's Hannah Pomeroy was named GNAC Player of the Week after she picked up two big wins over Simon Fraser and Western Washington last weekend.

April 24, 2013

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

NEXT GAMES

Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon (DH)

When: Friday, 1 p.m.

Central Washington at Western Oregon (DH)

When: Saturday, noon.

Tickets: $6 adults, $4 non-WOU students, WOU students free.

With a crucial series win over Simon Fraser Saturday and a split with Western Washington Sunday, the Western Oregon University softball team remained in the thick of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference race for the top four spots.

The Wolves (23-24, 12-8) remain two games ahead of Western Washington in the fourth-place spot, with a bid to the 2013 inaugural GNAC conference tournament -- set to take the conference's top four teams -- on the line.

WOU first blanked third-place Simon Fraser (22-19, 12-7) in Saturday's doubleheader, winning 4-0 and 10-6.

Hannah Pomeroy tossed a complete-game shutout in the Game 1 victory, allowing just one hit while striking out five.

Amanda Evola hit her ninth home run of the season in the Game 1 win, which was keyed by Desiree Villegas' two-run long ball in the second inning.

Sunday, the Wolves topped WWU 6-3 in the opener behind another strong performance from Pomeroy (12-6), who allowed one earned run and four hits in seven innings of work.

Jourdan Williams drilled two home runs in the game, her first a two-run shot that gave WOU a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning.

WOU returns home this weekend for its final two home series' of the season. Friday, Northwest Nazarene (0-20, seventh in GNAC) will come to Monmouth for a doubleheader, followed by Saturday's twin bill with Central Washington (13-7, second in GNAC).

WOU TRACK AND FIELD COMPETES AT SIX MEETS: The Western Oregon University track and field squad completed one of the busiest weekends of the season after members of the team participated in six different meets in California and Oregon: The Mt. Sac Relays, the Long Beach State Invitational, the Brian Clay Invitational, the Oregon Relays, the Lewis and Clark Pioneer Open and the Cougar Open. Highlighting WOU's performances was Dallas native Ryan Hansen, who ran a season-best time of 1 minute, 52.43 seconds, to place third in his 800-meter heat at the Mt. Sac Relays. Amanda Schumaker placed fourth in the javelin throw (147 feet, 8 inches) and Madison McClung ran a season-best time of 12.21 seconds in the 100 meters. At the Oregon Relays, 2012 GNAC champion Matson Hardie made his season-debut in the triple jump, winning the event with a mark of 46-4 3/4.

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