The Fort Lewis College softball team opened the season with a pair of losses at the annual Desert Stinger tournament in Las Vegas.
The Skyhawks lost 18-2 to Western Washington in a five-inning opener.
FLC rallied in the second game, taking an early lead before falling to Grand Canyon University of Phoenix 11-3 in brutally cold conditions in Nevada.
“It was so cold. I felt sorry for the girls,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said.
“The final score (in the second game) did not reflect how close the game was,” Zeiter said.
FLC took a 3-0 lead over Grand Canyon, but the Antelopes rallied for the win on a game-ending grand slam.
In the opener, Western Washington jumped out quickly, amassing 14 runs in the first inning, 10 of them charged to FLC starting pitcher Kassie Haubert (0-1), who failed to record an out.
Katie Watkins came on in relief and surrendered eight runs on 11 hits in five innings.
Haubert came back and pitched a complete game against Grand Canyon.
Chelsea Rodriguez drove in both runs for FLC (0-1) with a fifth-inning double in the opener.
Alexie Levin drove in three runs and scored a pair with two hits for Western Washington (4-5). Jordan Walley homered as part of a 2-for-2 afternoon for the Vikings while scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs.
FLC will play West Texas A&M and Central Washington on Saturday at the Desert Stinger in Las Vegas.