by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
PORTLAND, Ore. - Whitworth completed the sweep of Lewis & Clark on Monday with a pair of victories (11-9, 6-4) on the back end of a two-day Northwest Conference softball series.
The Pirates improve to 16-4 (7-1 NWC) after sweeping Lewis & Clark. The Pios fall to 1-13 (1-9 NWC).
Game One: Whitworth 11, Lewis & Clark 9
Kelsey Down fired a grand slam in the fifth inning to tie the game up at 9-9 and followed that up with another solo home run in the seventh to give the Pirates the advantage in game one.
Whitworth started off with two runs in the first inning from a Shannon Wessel groundout, scoring Myranda Ramirez and a Michelle Silva single on the next at bat, scoring Kinsey McNaught for a 2-0 lead. The Pios responded with back-to-back runs of their own on singles from Ateisha Norton and Jenai Rojo in the bottom of the inning.
In the third inning, Madi Perez batted in McNaught and Silva on a single through the left side to take back the lead, 4-2. Lindsay Yearman of Lewis & Clark hit a home run out of left field to cut Whitworth's lead to one and in the fourth inning, the Pios took a commanding lead with a six runs.
Wessel scored on a passed ball to cut Lewis & Clarks lead to four (9-5) and with the bases loaded, Downey hit one out of the park, scoring Silva, Matthews, and Maria Smith to tie the game.
Downey added another RBI on a solo bomb to left field to go up 10-9, and Wessel singled with the bases loaded, scoring Rheanne Lewis for a two run cushion.
Downey led the Pirates from the plate, going 2-4 with five RBIs and two home runs. Myranda Ramirez went 3-4 with a walk. For L&C, four players had two RBIs and Rojo finished 3-4.
Perez stays perfect through 10 games on the mound for Whitworth. Kalin Rooney drops to 1-4 for the Pios after giving up six of Whitworth's 11 runs.
Game Two: Whitworth 6, Lewis & Clark 4
Silva doubled in the sixth inning, scoring two and Perez drove in another to go up four. And after giving up a two RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates ended the game with a popup to catcher Allie Rude for the final out of the game.
Whitworth got on the board first in the third inning on a Wessel double, scoring Ramirez and on the next at bat, an illegal pitched sent McNaught home for a 2-0 lead. Matthews batted in Wessel on a single to give the Pirates a three-run advantage.
In the fourth inning, Lewis & Clark cut Whitworth's lead to one on a pair of singles from Zoe Juarez and Lisa Kumasaka.
Silva scored McNaught and Ramirez in the sixth on a double to stretch Whitworth's lead back to three. Perez hit a single with two down, scoring Wessel for a 6-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Rojo singled with runners on second and third, driving in both to cut the lead to two (6-4). Ashley Trueblood came back in to pitch for the Pirates and after walking one, Whitworth defense put the next two away to seal the game.
Ashley Trueblood (4-1) threw 4.2 innings and recorded two strike outs. Pioneer pitcher Savannah Dickson stays winless at 0-4, giving up six runs and five walks.
Silva led the Pirates with two RBIs on 1-4 and Ramirez (2-4), McNaught (3-5), and Wessel (2-4) all crossed home twice. Kumasaka and Emily Drevdahl both went 2-4 for the Pioneers and Rojo drove in a team-high two runs.
Looking Ahead: Whitworth softball will play 12 games in nine days starting with Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26 in Forest Grove. Games will begin at 12:00 p.m. on both days.