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Mountaineers end season with sweep

EOUíS ALEX HILLMICK struck out seven while earning the Game 1 victory over Walla Walla Monday in La Grande. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer
EOUíS ALEX HILLMICK struck out seven while earning the Game 1 victory over Walla Walla Monday in La Grande. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer

The Eastern Oregon University softball team outscored Walla Walla University in the final regular season doubleheader of the season Monday, 25-1. 

The Mountaineers end the year with the sweep over WWU, 14-0 and 11-1.

Eastern (12-22, 6-18 Cascade Collegiate Conference) finished the season with a two-game win streak and the most wins in conference play in four years. 

EOU hit five season-high marks in the pair of wins over Walla Walla.

Mariebeth Watanabe went 4-for-4 at the plate for Eastern Oregon. 

The junior scored five times and finished the day with three RBIs. 

Emily Anderson had a total of five RBIs in the pair of victories.

In the first game, Alex Hillmick improved to 7-9 with the win on the mound. 

The sophomore allowed two hits and no earned runs over five innings. 

She struck out seven Wolves and finished with no walks. 

Nicole Beeks was credited with the loss.

Suzie Espinoza went 2-for-3 for the Mountaineers, with three RBIs, and Lacey Price was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. She also scored three times. 

Eastern had a season-high 14 hits and 14 runs in Game 1.

After a scoreless first inning, EOU scored three runs in the second and third innings, and then broke the game open with an eight-run fourth inning. 

Hillmick allowed a hit in both the first and second innings, but then held WWU hitless over the final three innings.

Cassie Wendt had a pair of hits in the win, including the lone extra-base hit when she came up with a double.

Emily Anderson had two doubles in Game 2. 

Watanabe hit a triple, while Stephanie Maestretti and Kayla Anderson both had one double.

 Emily Anderson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Kayla Anderson and Watanabe were both 2-for-2.

The Mountaineers opened the game with eight runs in the first inning, adding two in the second, and one in the fourth. 

EOU had 11 hits in the game, while committing two errors.

Kayla Anderson picked up the victory, allowing four hits and one earned run over five innings. 

She struck out seven WWU batters, and walked one. 

Kristi Hernandez was credited with the setback.

The Mountaineers end the season in sixth place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, while Oregon Tech sits atop the conference at 17-4.

Eastern Oregon won four more games overall and four more in the CCC compared to the 2011 season.

There are only three seniors on the current roster that will be lost to graduation, so the Mountaineers are expected to return the bulk of its team for the 2013 campaign.

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