Carrillo, Wilkerson, Demianew Earn Red Lion Softball Awards
WOU's Kelli Demianew leads the GNAC in ERA.
WOU's Kelli Demianew leads the GNAC in ERA.

Monday, April 7, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – Meghan Carrillo of Western Washington and Austin Wilkerson of Central Washington were each named to the all-tournament team Sunday in the 13th annual Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions softball tournament at Turlock, Calif.

The two also shared the GNAC Red Lion Softball Player of the Week award.  They were among 10 GNAC athletes to earn the weekly Red Lion honor.

Following are the accomplishments of this week’s Red Lion award winners:

Softball: Player – Meghan Carrillo, Western Washington (OF, 5-3, Sr., Prunedale, CA – North Monterey County) and Austin Wilkerson, Central Washington (C, 5-5, So., Ferndale, WA - Sehome) .... Carrillo, who leads the GNAC in on-base percentage (.494) and ranks second in batting (.438), led the Vikings to a 5-1 record in the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions.  She had six hits in 16 at bats and also had a team-high six RBI.  Wilkerson batted .444 (8-of-18) as the Wildcats posted a 5-2 record, including a 7-4 win over Chico State.  In that contest, Wilkerson hit a two-out, two-run home run in the seventh to give CWU a 5-4 lead.  Among Wilkerson’s eight hits were two doubles and a pair of home runs.  She also drove in six runs.  PitcherKelli Demianew, Western Oregon (5-10, Jr., Pendleton, OR), had the fourth lowest earned run average in the tournament (0.70) as she won two of three starts.  In 20 innings, she allowed just 16 hits and a pair of earned runs.  She currently leads the GNAC with a 1.52 ERA.

Honorable Mention: Aubrey Conceicao, MSU Billings (IF, 5-3, Jr., Temecula, CA – Great Oaks); Kayla Sevier, Northwest Nazarene (SS, 5-6, Jr., Nine Mile Falls, WA – Lakeside); Sam Munger, Saint Martin’s (P, 5-6, Jr., Everett, WA – Cascade); Mary Dettling, Saint Martin’s (OF, 5-0, Fr., Reno, NV – Edward C. Reed).

Baseball: PlayerAnthony Flatt, Northwest Nazarene (1B/C, R-R, 6-1, Jr., Mill Creek, WA – Bellevue College) batted 7-for-16 with four RBI and three runs scored to help the Crusaders to a 3-1 series victory over Saint Martin’s. Flatt also drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch for an on-base percentage of .526 on the series. The junior first baseman also handled all 11 of his chances without an error, recording 10 put outs and an assist. Flatt has now hit safely in six straight games and has recorded multiple hits in four consecutive contests. PitcherZach Carter, Saint Martin’s (RHP, R-R, 6-0, Jr., Camas, WA - Camas) earned his fifth win of the season, turning in a complete game against Northwest Nazarene on Thursday. Carter allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts against no walks in his nine innings of work. The junior allowed just one extra base hit – a double – and logged his second complete game of the season in the 2-1 victory.

Honorable MentionNathan Etheridge, Western Oregon (1B, R-R, 6-5, So., Grants Pass, OR – Grants Pass); Andrew Groves, Northwest Nazarene (RHP, R-R, 5-11, Jr., Mukilteo, WA - Kamiak); Cory Welch, Central Washington (RHP/SS, R-R, 6-0, Jr., Las Vegas, NV – College of Southern Nevada).

Men’s Track & Field: TrackMicah Chelimo, Alaska Anchorage (Sr., Kapkoi, Kenya - Tambach) broke the GNAC record in the 10,000 meters by 31 ½ seconds running a Division II season-best and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 28:37.75 at the Stanford Invitational.  He is the first athlete in GNAC history to run in the 28s. He finished third, just one second in back of the winner from Brigham Young.  FieldKevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene (Sr., Fairbanks, AK - Hutchinson) finished third at Stanford Friday in the discus with a school-record toss of  165-7.  He then reset the record Saturday at San Francisco State winning the event with a provisional national qualifying throw of 168-3. That is the sixth best mark in GNAC history and ranks fifth this spring in Division II.

Honorable MentionBrady Beagley, Western Oregon (Sr., Grants Pass, OR – North Valley); Joel Webster, Simon Fraser (Fr., Cambridge, IN – Southwood); Frank Krause, Saint Martin’s (Jr., Onalaska, WA).

Women’s Track & FieldJoyce Kipchumba, Alaska Anchorage (Jr., Kapsowar, Kenya – American International) ran the sixth fastest time in GNAC history in the 5,000 meters at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.  Her time of 16:44.97 bettered the national provisional standard by nearly 35 seconds. It currently ranks second nationally in Division II.   FieldBethany Drake, Western Washington (So., Sandy, OR) set a GNAC record in winning the javelin at the UPS Shotwell Invitational with a national-leading automatic national qualifying throw of 169-6.

Honorable MentionJordan Rehfeld, Northwest Nazarene (Sr., Nampa, ID – Columbia); Vessie Umu, Northwest Nazarene (Jr., Colorado Springs, CO – Widefield); Tasia Baldwin, Seattle Pacific (Jr., Tacoma, WA – Foss); Kishia Mitchell, Seattle Pacific (Sr., Puyallup, WA – Rogers); Irene Moore, Saint Martin’s (Jr., Bremerton, WA – Cross Point Academy); Corrie Holm, MSU Billings (Jr., Billings, MT - West); Madison McClung, Western Oregon (Sr., Cottage Grove, OR); Seabre Church, Western Oregon (Sr., Florence, OR - Siuslaw).

Women's Golf: Melissa Saken, Montana State Billings (Sr., Peers, AB – Parkland Composite) tied for 11th place at the Western New Mexico Invitational, shooting a two-round total of 153 (79-74). Her 74 in Round 2 was the lowest by a GNAC golfer at the tournament, and it was her lowest of the 2013-14 season.

Honorable MentionJennifer Liedes, Saint Martin’s (So., Olympia, WA - Olympia); Anna Bourland, Western Washington (Jr., Bainbridge, WA - Bainbridge).

Men's Golf: Ian Briske, Northwest Nazarene (Fr., Spanaway, WA - Southwestern Oklahoma) The Crusaders' redshirt freshman shot rounds of 73, 68 and 72 to finish second overall at 3-under 213 at the NNU Intercollegiate men's tournament held last Monday and Tuesday at Ridgecrest Golf Club. Briske was one of just two players to finish under par for the 54-hole event on the par-72 course, and his even-par final round was the low round of the day on Tuesday. Briske's score helped lead the Crusaders to the men's team title, NNU's first multi-team tournament title since March 2008 at the Willamette Invitational.