PORTLAND, Ore. – It isn’t too frequently a team wins seven games in seven days, but the Western Washington softball team did just that in its 7-1 avenue trip ultimate week.
The Vikings started out the week at the right foot with a sweep of Simon Fraser in a border warfare doubleheader in convention play on Monday. They then made the experience south to California, going 5-1 in a swing that protected an ideal document inside the huge Tournament of Champions occasion. The victories ran the club’s prevailing streak to 5 video games even as also incomes the selection as GNAC Team of the Week.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team and the way they competed this week,” stated head educate Sheryl Gilmore. “Playing 8 video games in seven days on seven exclusive fields and to peer them display up every game the way they did with a determination and belief that they were going to win was so a laugh to observe. They never let up and all of them had each different’s backs out there combating for the same aspect.”
The offense exploded towards the Clan to begin the week and stayed warm for the relaxation of the journey, jumping out to 9-1 and 10-5 victories up in Burnaby. Senior Emily Benson stood out for the duration of the week, hitting .565 with 14 RBI, nine runs and five domestic runs. The overall performance earned Benson the honor of Tournament of Champions MVP and GNAC Offensive Player of the Week.
On the mound, senior Makinlee Sellevold compiled 5 victories at the week. Those efforts, further to totaling 17 strikeouts in five starts offevolved, received Sellevold the GNAC Pitcher of the Week award similarly to All-Tournament honors in Turlock.
The Vikings potential to emerge triumphant in tight games proved to be pivotal in the Tournament of Champions. The membership went three-zero in games decided by using two runs or less, including a 2-1, 8-inning victory over Cal State Bernardino within the match opener and a snatch three-1 win in opposition to Cal State East Bay inside the finale.
“The group’s management, energy and grit while their backs are towards the wall is brilliant,” Gilmore said. “All 21 women contributed to the crew’s success and I agree with that is what makes this group so unique.”
The successful trip advanced WWU’s document to 22-nine (eleven-three GNAC), which has the team sitting in 2d vicinity in the league standings. Central Washington stays in first location, just one game beforehand of its in-kingdom opponents.
The Vikings go back to action this week as they wrap up a stretch of 12 instantly video games away from home. The week will get underway with a doubleheader at Saint Martin’s on Saturday before the group takes to Ellensburg for a pair of contests sooner or later later.
This is the 6th time in 2018-19 that a WWU team has been selected as a GNAC Team of the Week, becoming a member of volleyball (Nov. 12-18 & Nov. 26-Dec. 2), Men’s Golf (Sept. 17-23), Women’s Soccer (Oct. 22-28) and Men’s Track & Field (Feb. Eleven-17).