Pirates Complete Sweep of GFU in Extra Innings

Pirates Complete Sweep of GFU in Extra Innings

by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - The Pirates snagged game three 1-0 and then scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning of game four to complete the four-game sweep of George Fox at Linfield on Thursday, March 30 in a Northwest Conference softball series. 

The Pirates are riding a seven-game win streak and are currently 23-5 (14-2 NWC). The Bruins are 13-11 (9-9 NWC). 

Game One: Whitworth 1, George Fox 0 

Michelle Silva singled to left center in the top of the first inning with two down, scoring Ramirez for the lone run of the game. 

Silva went 1-3 with the game-winning RBI for Whitworth. For the Bruins, Savannah Vargas and Alyssa Gonzalez recorded one hit on three at bats. 

Madi Perez threw a complete game, gathering her 14th win of the season while striking out four and giving up only two hits. Madison Sorenson (8-5) recorded her fifth loss in a complete game for George Fox. 

Game Two: Whitworth 5, George 2 (8 Innings) 

Ramirez started a three-run rally in the top of the eighth to lead Whitworth past George Fox in game four of the series. 

Alex Parker put the Bruins on the board first in the bottom of the first inning with a single, scoring Annie Veatch. Aaliyah Kautz batted in Parker with two down to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.  

With a triple to right center, Kinsey McNaught got the Pirates on the board in the bottom of the third, scoring Desi Graham (2-1). 

McNaught batted in her second RBI of the game in the sixth with a sacrifice fly that scored Tessa Matthews to tie it up at 2-2.  

In the first of extra innings, Ramirez singled to score Allie Rude, giving Whitworth its first lead of the game, 3-2. A pop fly to left field put two down for the Pirates and on the next at bat, Shannon Wessel singled through the left side to score McNaught. Silva batted in Ramirez for the final score of the game on a single. In the bottom of the inning, the Whitworth defense stepped up and sat down three of the next four Bruin batters to seal the game in eight innings. 

McNaught finished the game 3-3 with two RBIs and a run. Silva, Wessel, and Ramirez each added another RBI for the Pirates. Kautz led George Fox at 2-2 with an RBI. 

Perez (15-1) replaced Trueblood midway through the fifth inning, gathering her 15th win. Abbie Bergerson falls to 4-6 after giving up 17 hits and five earned runs while recording only two strikeouts. 

Next Up: The Pirates will play their home-opener at Marks Field against Puget Sound on April 1-2 in the last four games of their 12-game Spring break stretch.