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CWU softball splits again with Saint Martin's

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- Central Washington University scored seven unanswered runs to win game one of its softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, but visiting Saint Martin's University combined for 16 runs over three innings in game two as the two teams split at Gary & Bobbi Frederick Field. The Wildcats took the opener, 7-3, before falling 16-3 in five innings in the series finale.

Central Washington is now 7-10 overall and 6-6 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play after dividing the four-game series with Saint Martin's (8-5-1, 6-2 GNAC).

Each team scored three runs in the first inning of the opening game, although the Wildcats' three tallies in the bottom of the inning were scored amidst controversy. Senior Liz Jusko (Snohomish, Wash.) was credited with a two-out RBI double on a play that was subsequently protested by the Saints, as her hit was initially ruled foul before being overturned. The next hitter, sophomore Jordan Scherer (Centralia, Wash.) laced a ball off the right-field fence to plate two runs and tie the game at 3-3.

Neither team scored again until the fifth inning, as CWU sophomore Maria Gau (Woodinville, Wash.) battled with Saint Martin's freshman Sam Munger after a tumultuous first inning. Gau's Wildcats provided her with the lead in the fifth after a two-run home run by senior Carrina Wagner (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS), and Scherer added another RBI double later in the inning for a 6-3 Wildcat lead. An insurance run scored in the sixth on a fielder's choice by Wagner, and despite walking two in the final inning, Gau induced a line-drive double play to end the game and preserve the win.

Central Washington was out-hit by an 8-7 count in the opener, with four players combining for the Wildcats' seven hits. Wagner had three hits, two runs, and three RBI, while Scherer was 2 for 3. Jusko and junior Elena Carter (Olympia, Wash./Black Hills HS) added one hit each.

Gau scattered eight hits over the seven-inning complete game, striking out six and improving to 4-5 on the season.

Megan Antonovich had three hits for Saint Martin's, which had all eight of its hits from the top six positions in its batting lineup.

Three straight monster innings by Saint Martin's in game two turned a scoreless tie into a 13-run rout that was shortened by the mercy rule after five innings.

The Saints batted around in each of their final three innings at the plate, scoring five times each in the third and fourth innings before scoring six times in the fifth. Central Washington's defense complicated matters behind three pitchers in the game, as the Wildcats committed a season-high five errors that Saint Martin's turned into seven unearned runs.

Offensively, CWU managed just five hits over five innings against Taylor Bakos (4-0), while five Saint Martin's players finished with multiple-hit games in the contest as SMU posted its highest single-game run total (16) and margin of victory (13) in 98 all-time meetings between the two schools.

Wagner was the Wildcats' lone player with more than one hit, chalking up two more safeties in three trips to the plate.

Morgan Klemm and Joslyn Eugenio had three hits each for Saint Martin's, while Lacey McGladrey drove in four runs and Antonovich and Tiffany Griffiths were credited with three RBI apiece for the Saints.

Central Washington is scheduled to continue conference play with a four-game series at Western Washington University next weekend. The Wildcats will not play their next home games until Apr. 15, meaning they are slated to play at least 20 consecutive games away from home (14 in conference play) prior to that time.
GAME ONE: Central Washington 7, Saint Martin's 3
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Saint Martin's...... 300 000 0 -  3  8  2      (7-5-1, 5-2 GNAC)
Central Washington.. 300 031 X -  7  7  2      (7-9, 6-5 GNAC)
GAME TWO: Saint Martin's 16, Central Washington 3
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Saint Martin's...... 005 56 - 16 18  3      (8-5-1, 6-2 GNAC)
Central Washington.. 001 20 -  3  5  5      (7-10, 6-6 GNAC)
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