by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Whitworth softball team completed a day two sweep of Pacific with 15-1 and 6-4 wins on March 27 at Pacific for a 3-1 finish to the series.
The Pirates improve to 9-2 (18-5) in the Northwest Conference and the Boxers sit at 3-9 (5-17).
Game One: Whitworth 15, Pacific 1 (6 Innings)
Kinsey McNaught walked with the bases loaded to give Whitworth its first run of the game, sending Rheanne Lewis home. On the next at bat, Myranda Ramirez doubled to right center for three RBIs and a quick 4-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Pirates added two more runs on a sacrifice fly from Logan Miller and a fielding error from Pacific's Haley Kodama to stretch the lead to six.
Kodama got the Boxers on the board in the fifth with an RBI triple, but the Pirates quickly responded in the top of the sixth when Tessa Matthews singled with the bases loaded, scoring Wessel and Silva. Miller hit a sac fly to left field, driving in Perez for a 9-0 lead. Then on three straight at bats, Ramirez batted in Matthews, Wessel hit a three RBI double to left field and Silva sent one out of the park to go up 15-1.
The Whitworth defense shut down the first three Pacific batters in the bottom of the sixth to end game one.
The Pirates went 13-31 (.419) as a team and Shannon Wessel went 3-5 with three RBIs and two scores. Ramirez (2-4) drove in four runs to lead the team. Kodama went 1-3 with an RBI for the Boxers.
Perez (11-1) earned her 11th win in 12 games, recording three strikeouts and giving up only five hits. As the first pitcher of five for Pacific, Ashley Martin (4-6) took the loss after giving up four hits and four runs with no strikeouts and a walk in 1.2 innings.
Game Two: Whitworth 6, Pacific 4
Tessa Matthews batted in two runs in the first and one more in the fifth to lead the Pirates to a game two win over the Boxers.
In the first, Silva reached on an error that scored Kinsey McNaught and two at bats later, Matthews singled to right center, scoring Silva and Ramirez for an early 3-0 lead.
Trisha Snydar got Pacific on the board in the bottom of the second with a double to left field and in the bottom of the fourth, she batted in her second of the game with a single through the left side. Kiara McGinnis followed that up with an at bat that scored Taylor Nishimura to tie the game.
Perez doubled in the fifth to score Wessel who was on second after a walk and a sac bunt. On the next at bat, Matthews hit a single to right field, scoring Perez to go up 5-3.
Pacific's Cindy Chan scored Snydar on a single in the sixth to cut Whitworth's lead to one (5-4), but in the seventh, Silva doubled and scored on three consecutive walks for the final score of the game.
Matthews led the Pirates, recording three hits on three at bats with a walk and three RBIs. For the Boxers, Snydar went 3-3 with two RBIs and a run.
Ashley Trueblood picked up her sixth win of the season after throwing 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits and no walks. Pacific's Ashley Martin gave up eight runs with a walk and a strikeout to move to 4-7 on the season.
Quick Turn-Around: Because of the weather in Forest Grove postponing the second day of action, the Pirates will head straight to Newberg, Ore. to face George Fox on March 28 and 29 in a four-game series.
George Fox is 13-7 (9-5 NWC) and tied for third place in the conference with Pacific Lutheran. The Bruins have won eight of their last 11 and split with Lewis & Clark (4-2, 0-4) in their last showing on Saturday, March 25. They are led by Annie Veatch, batting .391 (25-64) with 15 RBIs, seven runs, and only four strikeouts. Junior pitcher Madison Sorenson is 10-8 with a save from the circle, recording 44 strikeouts and giving up 23 earned runs for a 2.63 ERA. Last year, the Pirates took two of the four games by scores of 3-1 and 5-0.