March 17, 2015
Contact: Bob Guptill ([email protected])
Frontrunners Face Off Saturday and Sunday in Ellensburg
Montana State Billings 3
H A N
11-3 2-6 6-3
7-1 0-0 3-11
4-0 4-6 4-1
4-2 3-5 4-2
0-0 4-8 6-5
2-4 5-3 3-3
1-3 0-10 1-4
Wildcats (12-7), who improved to 6-2 in the GNAC with a
four-game sweep of Northwest Nazarene last weekend.
Just two games back of the three frontrunners is Western
Washington (11-9, 4-4), which opens a four-game series
Friday at Northwest Nazarene (2-17, 0-8).
Meanwhile, Simon Fraser (10-10, 1-3) travels to Billings for
a four-game series with MSU Billings (10-13, 3-5). The
games are the home openers for the Yellowjackets after
beginning the season with 23 road games.
LAST WEEK: Monday – Notre Dame de Namur 0-7 at Saint
Martin’s 9-4. Tuesday – Notre Dame de Namur 0-3 at Saint
Martin’s 2-5. Wednesday – Northwest Christian 0-4 at
Western Oregon 2-10. Friday – Northwest Nazarene 1-2 at
Central Washington 6-9; Western Washington 0-1 at Saint
Martin’s 5-2; Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 1 p.m.
Saturday – Northwest Nazarene 5-2 at Central Washington
6-8. Sunday – Simon Fraser at Saint Martin’s, postponed;
Western Washington at Western Oregon, rescheduled for
April 2, 2:30 p.m.
Central Washington will have to solve the offerings of Sam
Munger if it hopes to slip past the Saints and/or Wolves
into first place in the GNAC.
Munger leads the GNAC in wins with 10 and is tied for the
conference lead in strikeouts with NNU’s Ashley Pesek
with 57. She also has the league’s second best ERA (1.88)
after throwing 20 consecutive scoreless innings and three
shutouts last week.
THIS WEEK: Friday – Western Washington at Northwest
Nazarene, 2 p.m. Saturday – Saint Martin’s at Central
Washington, 1 p.m.; Simon Fraser at MSU Billings, 1 p.m.;
Western Washington at Northwest Nazarene, noon.
Sunday – Western Oregon at Central Washington, noon;
Simon Fraser at MSU Billings, noon. Monday (March 23) –
Walla Walla at Northwest Nazarene cancelled. Tuesday
(March 24) – Walla Walla at Northwest Nazarene,
Munger, who now has a streak of 21 innings without
surrendering a run, gave up 13 hits, walked seven and
fanned 16 in earning GNAC Pitcher of the Week for the
first time this season.
In February, she was the recipient of the GNAC Player of
the Week award an award she could have been a
candidate for last week as she batted .500 (8-of-16) and
stole three bases.
HITTING STREAKS (8 or more): 11 – Sam Munger, SMU;
Amanda Evola, WOU; Sammy Morris, SMU. 10 – *Amanda
Evola, WOU; Lindsay Miller, SMU; Kaitlyn Campbell, CWU.
9 – Taviah Jenkins, SMU. 8 – *Amanda Evola, WOU; Ashley
Pesek, NNU; Taylor Gillis, SFU; Taylor Lundrigan, SFU; Alicia
Fine, WWU. *Current
The Saints and Wildcats go into their series with the two
best team batting averages in the GNAC. SMU is batting
.330 and averages 5.3 runs per game. CWU is hitting .328
and scores a GNAC-best 5.6 runs per game.
Wildcats Host Saints, Wolves In Key Twinbills
The two teams also rank 1-2 in the GNAC in ERA; CWU at
2.72 and SMU at 2.94.
PORTLAND, Ore. –
Saint Martin’s (19-12 overall) and
Western Oregon (10-12 overall) take 5-1 Great Northwest
Athletic Conference records to Ellensburg Saturday and
Individually, Sammy Morris leads the Wildcats in hitting
with a .405 average. Taviah Jenkins paces the Saints with a
.404 average and is the conference leader in hits (38), runs
scored (26) and RBIs (23).
The Saints and Wolves begin the weekend tied for first
place in the GNAC, just percentage points ahead of the
Jenkins also ranks second in home runs with five in back
of Emily Osborn of MSUB Billings who has six.