WOU ROUNDUP: Softball headed to conference tournament

CORVALLIS — Needing two victories to clinch a spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball championship, Western Oregon won three of four games last weekend.

The Wolves split with Saint Martin’s, winning 9-5 before losing 5-4 on Saturday, and sweeping Central Washington 5-1 and 4-0 on Sunday.

In game one against SMU, Mercedes Green hit a three-run home run in the second inning to give WOU the early lead. Destiny Kuehl added a solo home run in the third inning, and Green added a three RBI double in the fifth inning.

Against Central Washington, the Wildcats loaded the bases in the first and third innings, but pitcher Chandler Bishop held them to one run.

Hailee Watilo hit a home run in the second game.

WOU enters the GNAC championship in Lacey, Wash., in fourth place. WOU plays top-seeded Central Washington Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The winner plays the winner of Saint Martin’s/Western Washington. The loser plays the loser of that matchup in an elimination game. The championship game will be held on Saturday.

BASEBALL WINS FOUR OF SIX: Western Oregon’s baseball team won four of six GNAC games last week. The Wolves defeated Saint Martin’s 5-3 and 5-1 on April 26, and Central Washington 6-4 and 11-7 on Friday. WOU lost to Central Washington 13-11 and 8-6 on Saturday.

In game one against Saint Martin’s, Joey Crunkilton hit a triple in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Nyles Nygaard followed with an RBI double, and Justin Wakem hit a sacrifice fly to break a 3-3 tie.

Pitcher Brady Miller threw a complete game in the second contest, throwing eight strikeouts over seven innings of work.

Wakem went five for seven against Central Washington, including a two RBI single in the ninth inning of the first game of the series, helping the Wolves break a 3-3 tie.

WOU found itself trailing 7-4 in the seventh inning in game two before the Wolves reeled off seven unanswered runs to end the game.

Western Oregon played Saint Martin’s Tuesday after press time. The Wolves are scheduled to host Northwest Nazarene for a pair of doubleheaders Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday at noon in the team’s final regular season games.

WOU (25-13 overall, 24-10 GNAC) entered the week in first place. The top four teams in the conference advance to the GNAC Championships May 10-12 in Portland.

AVGI SIGNS WITH RAIDERS: Former Western Oregon tight end signed with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Avgi, an undrafted rookie, will compete in a rookie minicamp later this spring.

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