WWU softball team splits Western Washington trip

Walla Walla University's Nicole Beeks pitches every inning but one on the weekend as the Wolves face Edmonds and Skagit Valley.

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LANGLEY, Wash. - The Walla Walla University softball team split a roadtrip in Western Washington this weekend; first sweeping Edmonds Community College Friday in mercy-rule fashion then falling in a pair of mercy-rulings Sunday against Skagit Valley College in Langley, Wash.

"The girls played well and it was a good weekend," WWU coach Mike Jimenez said. "We didn't take the whole squad because of injuries and for us to go out and compete, I was happy with that."

WWU pitcher Nicole Beeks pitched all but one inning in the trip. She helped limit ECC to six hits over five innings in a 22-5 thrashing in Friday's opener. Beeks had ample run support again for the nightcap when the Wolves scored nine runs over the fifth and sixth innings to overcome a 9-8 deficit and pick up a 17-9 win.

On Sunday the Wolves offense was stymied as they dropped a pair of games against SVC, 6-4 and 12-4.

"The five errors we had in the first game (Sunday) gave up four runs - three errors were in the fourth inning," Jimenez said. "You take away those errors and we have a split.

"In the second game Nicole (Beeks) just got tired," Jimenez said. "Her pitches were up in the zone and SVC just hit well."

The Wolves are now 11-9 on the season and host Blue Mountain Community College for a doubleheader Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Friday's First Game

WWU 182 47 - 22 12 2

ECC 401 00 - 5 6 7

Beeks and Nieland; Kees and Meyer.

HR - none.

Hits - WWU: Hernandez 2, Wilson 2, Shankel; Quail; Beeks, Neeland, Lampert, Garcia 3; ECC: Bolmes, Trisko, Rucker, Gonzales, Ables 2.

Friday's Second Game

WWU 440 045 0 - 17 12 2

ECC 540 000 0 - 9 12 2

Hernandez, Beeks (2) and Nieland; Gonzales and Magera.

HR - none.

Hits - WWU: Wilson 3, Shankel, Nieland 3, Lampert, Suppe, Larson 3; ECC: Bolmes 2, Trisko, Gegay, Rucker, Kees 2, Gonzales 3, Ables 2.

Sunday's First Game

WWU 110 200 0 - 4 9 5

Skagit Valley 100 320 X - 6 8 2

Beeks and Nieland; Martinez and Gladsjo.

HR - none.

Hits - WWU: Beeks, Shankel, Quail 2, Nieland 2, Larson, Hernandez 2; SVCC: Abbott, Visser, Gladsjo, Taylor, Dalton 2, Weide 2.

Sunday's Second Game

WWU 031 00 - 4 8 4

Skagit Valley 110 55 - 12 15 2

Beeks and Nieland; Falcone and Gladsjo.

HR - none.

Hits - WWU: Wilson, Shankel, Quail, Neiland 3, Garcia, Lampert; SVCC: Visser, Weide 2, Gladsjo 2, Keller 3, Bruland, Martinez 3, Falcone 3.

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