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Wagner powers Wildcats to game-one win over Western Oregon

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SELAH, Wash. -- Senior Carrina Wagner (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) hit two home runs and drove in a career-high six, in leading the Central Washington University softball team to an 8-4 victory over Western Oregon University on Saturday afternoon at Carlon Park. WOU won the second game, 7-1, to earn a split of the doubleheader.
 
CWU is now 5-6 overall and 4-2 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, while WOU is 2-9 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
 
Wagner, who hit 15 home runs last season, belted her third and fourth round-trippers of this season in the first four innings of the opener. She gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead with a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning, and then followed with her first career grand slam in the bottom of the fourth, which gave CWU an 8-1 lead at the time.
 
In Central Washington's six-run fourth, which broke open a one-run game, senior Bre Thomas (Vancouver, Wash./Columbia River HS) had a RBI single and senior Jen Schwartz (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park HS) drew a bases-loaded walk to account for the Wildcats' first two runs of the inning. Wagner then deposited the first pitch she saw in her at-bat over the right-center field fence.
 
Western Oregon used solo home runs by Danielle Harcourt in the fifth and Ashley Cashin in the seventh to chip away at the Wildcats' lead, and later tacked on the game's final run on a RBI single by Andrea Bailey, also in the seventh.
 
Thomas and Wagner were both 2 of 3 at the plate for the Wildcats in the opener, as CWU finished with seven hits. Schwartz and Wagner each scored twice, with Schwartz reaching base in all three plate appearances with a single and two walks.
 
Bailey, Harcourt, and Amanda Evola had two hits apiece for Western Oregon, which finished with a 10-7 hit advantage in the game.
 
In game two, Central Washington didn't have an answer for WOU pitcher Hannah Pomeroy, managing just five hits -- two of which came in the final inning -- in a 7-1 defeat.
 
Western Oregon collected 10 hits against three CWU pitchers, scoring once in the second, twice in the third, and three times in the fifth. The lead reached 7-0 in the sixth before the Wildcats scored their run with two out in the final inning on an error.
 
Senior Natasha Wood (Graham, Wash./Graham-Kapowsin HS) had two of the Wildcats' hits in game two, including a double in the seventh inning.
 
Bailey went 3 for 4 with three runs scored for Western Oregon, while Evola had two more hits to keep her batting average at .500 for the season. Ashley Worthey drove in a pair of runs for the Wolves.
 
The two teams will wrap up their four-game weekend series on Sunday morning at 11 a.m., with those games also being played at Carlon Park in Selah.
 
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