CLAREMONT, Calif. – Whitworth swept Pomona-Pitzer in a non-conference softball doubleheader behind dominating pitching and timely hitting on Friday afternoon.
The visiting Pirates improved to 3-1 this season thanks to strong efforts from Madi Perez and Makayla Lefever in the circle and a three-run homer from Kelsey Stroshine that led to 6-0 and 7-1 victories.
Whitworth continues its season-opening, ten-game trip to California with a double-header at the University of La Verne on Saturday, scheduled to begin at noon.
Game 1 – Whitworth 6, Pomona-Pitzer 0
Madi Perez threw her second complete-game in as many days, this time a three-hit shutout of the Sagehens in Pomona-Pitzer's season opener.
Perez struck out four batters, walked none and did not allow an extra-base hit. Only two Pomona-Pitzer players advanced past first base and the only real danger she faced came in the bottom of the seventh inning when a single and a Pirate error put runners on first and second with only one out. But Perez got Sam Carlson to foul out and she struck out Natalie Ireland looking to end the game.
Whitworth jumped to a 1-0 lead in third inning on Shannon Wessel's RBI double. The Pirates added two more runs in the fifth when Wessel singled home Chelsey Hayes. Kelsey Downey followed with a run-scoring double.
The big blow came in the top of the seventh when Stroshine hit Whitworth's first home run of the season, a three-run shot that drove in Sacha Clow and Wessel.
Wessel finished the game 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Game 2 – Whitworth 7, Pomona-Pitzer 1
Peyton McMahon and Tessa Matthews each drove in two runs in support of starting pitcher Makayla Lafever and the Pirates won a game shortened to six innings by darkness.
Lafever and Pomona-Pitzer starter Emily Rockhill were locked in a pitchers' duel until the top of the fifth inning when the Pirates broke through with four runs. Pinch-hitter Megan John doubled in Clow with the first run. Hayes' bunt single turned into another run when the throw to first got away, allowing John to score from second base. McMahon then followed with a two-run double.
Pomona-Pitzer got one run back in the bottom of the fifth, unearned when Leah Bleichner reached on a throwing error which allowed Paige Oliver to score with two outs.
The Pirates put the game away with the sixth with three more runs. Matthews doubled home Clow and Stroshine and she eventually scored when the relay through got away from the Sagehens.
Megan Fisher tossed a perfect sixth inning to close out the game in the circle for Whitworth.
Hayes, McMahon and John had two hits apiece for the Bucs.