Wildcat Softball Drops Pair to Rival WWU - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Wildcat Softball Drops Pair to Rival WWU

Posted:

by CWU Athletics

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Central Washington University softball team squared off with archrival Western Washington University Friday afternoon and lost both games of its doubleheader by one run (2-1, 4-3), with game two's loss coming in extra innings on a walk-off single.

The Wildcats now stand with a 15-10 record and an 8-6 mark in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. With the wins, WWU improves to 15-8, 7-5 in GNAC.

Despite the losses, Central Washington got great pitching performances by each of its starting pitchers, Maria Gau (Woodinville, WA, Woodinville) and Taryn Smith (Olympia, WA, Timberline). Gau pitched in game one and picked up the loss (8-4) despite not allowing an earned run in the contest. Both of the runs that Western Washington scored in its 2-1 victory in game one came in the fourth inning where the Vikings took advantage of a CWU fielding error to gain the advantage. Gau threw all six innings of the contest and allowed six hits and struck out five batters while only walking one.

The Wildcats lone run came in the third inning asa Michaela Hazlett (Purcell, OK, Purcell) led the inning off with a single and eventually scored as freshman Taylor Ferleman (Bellevue, WA, Lake Washington) purposefully got into a run down between first and second base which allowed Hazlett to score before Ferleman was tagged out.

Smith started in the circle in game two and ended up pitching in all nine frames of the extra inning contest that ended in a 4-3 loss. Smith scattered eight hits and four runs while striking out 3 batters.

Central Washington held a 2-0 lead in game two scoring a run in both the first and second innings. Hazlett reached base on a walk in the first inning and then stole second base before scoring on a throwing error by WWU to get CWU on the board. Sammy Morris (Bothell, WA, Bothell) drove in the second run on a RBI single to left centerfield scoring Jordan Zurfluh (Adna, WA, Adna) on the play.

Western Washington used the fifth and sixth innings to match the Wildcats and tied the game at 2-2 heading into the seventh inning. Morris led off the seventh inning with single, and her speed led the Wildcats to an eventual score. On two separate occasions during the inning the Vikings tried to get the lead runner (Morris) out on infield grounders, and each time Morris beat the play with the final hustle play resulting with her crossing home plate to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. WWU answered by scoring one run on two hits in the bottom half of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Both teams went down in order in the eighth inning, and the Wildcats threatened to score in the top of the ninth as they had runners on first and second with just one out, but the final two batters both flied out to end the inning. Western's leadoff batter, Autumn Isaacson, reached base in the bottom of the ninth inning and proceeded to steal her conference leading 20th base of the season, and the following batter singled up the middle to score Isaacson and give the Vikings the final 4-3 lead.

The scheduled doubleheader at Simon Fraser University tomorrow has been cancelled due to rain and a make-up date is tentatively scheduled for Apr. 9. Next up the Wildcats will travel to California to play Cal State Monterey Bay for a doubleheader on Apr. 2 before competing in the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, CA on Apr. 4-6.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • WSU Football Announces Practice Schedule

    WSU Football Announces Practice Schedule

    Washington State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach and the Cougar football team open fall camp Saturday, Aug. 2, with an 2:30 p.m. practice at Sacajawea Middle School in Lewiston, Idaho.More >>
    Washington State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach and the Cougar football team open fall camp Saturday, Aug. 2, with an 2:30 p.m. practice at Sacajawea Middle School in Lewiston, Idaho.More >>
  • EWU Football Adds Texas Tech Clash In 2017

    EWU Football Adds Texas Tech Clash In 2017

    Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin will forever remember his first trip to Lubbock, Texas, and now his Eagles will make a second trip to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017 in an announcement made jointly by the two schools...More >>
    Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin will forever remember his first trip to Lubbock, Texas, and now his Eagles will make a second trip to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017 in an announcement made jointly by the two schools...
    More >>
  • Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:48:01 GMT
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.More >>
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.More >>
  • CWUMore>>

  • Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:48:01 GMT
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.More >>
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.More >>
  • Pippins Rally Late to Beat Kelowna, 9-7

    Pippins Rally Late to Beat Kelowna, 9-7

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:04:58 GMT
    After allowing the Kelowna Falcons to walk off with an 11-10 victory Saturday night, the Pippins returned the favor Sunday, scoring twice in the 9th inning to claim a 9-7 victory over the Falcons at Elks Stadium. More >>
    After allowing the Kelowna Falcons to walk off with an 11-10 victory Saturday night, the Pippins returned the favor Sunday, scoring twice in the 9th inning to claim a 9-7 victory over the Falcons at Elks Stadium. More >>
  • Pippins Lose 6-5 to Bellingham Bells

    Pippins Lose 6-5 to Bellingham Bells

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:54:59 GMT
    If the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells meet in the playoffs, few fans would likely be disappointed after the series the two teams just completed. The Bells finished the exciting three-game set Thursday with a late rally to win, 6-5 at County Stadium.More >>
    If the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells meet in the playoffs, few fans would likely be disappointed after the series the two teams just completed. The Bells finished the exciting three-game set Thursday with a late rally to win, 6-5 at County Stadium.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.