Pirates Bounce Back to Split at Pacific

Pirates Bounce Back to Split at Pacific

by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant

FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Whitworth softball team bounced back from a 1-0 loss in the first game with a 3-0 win over Pacific (Ore.) on day one of a two-day four-game Northwest Conference series. 

The Pirates improve to 17-5 (8-2 NWC) after a day one split and the Boxers move to 5-16 (3-8). 

Game One: Pacific (Ore.) 1, Whitworth 0 

Katelyn Macaitis-Smith hit a game-deciding home run in the bottom of the first inning to give Pacific the win. 

The Pirates put Rheanne Lewis on third in the top of the fifth, but with two outs, the Boxers ended the inning. 

Kinsey McNaught (1-3) and Desi Graham (1-2) each got a hit for the Pirates and Macaitis-Smith led Pacific at 2-3 with a home run. 

Madi Perez (10-1) got her first loss of the season after giving up a home run, She recorded three strikeouts and gave up five hits with no walks. Ashley Martin improves to 4-5 for Pacific after giving up only two hits, two strikeouts, and two walks. 

Game Two: Whitworth 3, Pacific (Ore.) 0 

Morgan Portlock scored the go-ahead run in the top of the third on a Shannon Wessel single and Perez batted in two more to seal game two. 

In the top of the fourth, Perez singled, scoring Tessa Matthews for a 2-0 lead. She followed that up with an RBI single in the top of the sixth. Silva singled and stole second to get in scoring position for Whitworth. Natalie Edlin and Matthews grounded out on the next two at bats and with two down, Perez doubled to left center to bring Silva home. 

For Whitworth, Perez was perfect from the batter's box at 2-2 with two RBIs and a walk. Trisha Snyder went 2-3 to lead Pacific. 

Ashley Trueblood (4-4) gathered her fourth win, giving up only five hits and no runs in a complete game for the Pirates. After giving up two runs, Cassie Apple gets the loss, staying winless at 0-5.

Coming Up: Whitworth will be back in action tomorrow, March 26 for the back end of the four-game series with the Boxers. Games will start at 12:00 p.m.