Softball records first-ever win against Bulldogs

The Portland State softball team had an impressive showing this past week upping its record to 22-33, and 11-11 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Viks recorded their biggest sweep of the season against San Jose State and the first win against Fresno State in PSU history.

In the doubleheader against San Jose State, the Vikings destroyed the Spartans in game one 10-1. The “mercy rule” was called in the sixth inning giving the win to the commanding Viks.

Four of Portland State’s players had three hits in game one. Among them was freshman Whitney Olsen, who went three for three and had three steals. Olsen also knocked in one run in the Viking blowout.

Senior Monica Martell recorded three hits and one RBI. Senior Vanessa Applegate and junior Megumi Hackett combined for six of eight and knocked in six RBI’s. Applegate also donged her second homer of the season.

In game two, the Vikings kept the pressure on the Spartans, scoring three runs off three hits in the first inning of play. Although the Viks were out-hit in game two 8-4, they still kept San Jose under control winning 6-2.

The weekend’s doubleheader featured the No.14 Fresno State Bulldogs and the visiting Vikings in a conference clash. The Vikings were shut out in game one 5-0, but battled back to win game two, 2-0.

With no score in the top of the sixth, shortstop Applegate again came through big for the Viks. With two runners on, Applegate cracked a two-run single into right-center, giving Portland State the lead and the win.

The Vikings will finish up their 2002 season against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles this Sunday.