by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
TUSCON, Ariz. – Whitworth softball split its first two games of the Leadoff Classic, dropping a mercy-rule loss to 17th-ranked Moravian before defeating William Paterson in the second game of the day.
The Pirates move to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in the NWC after the split. William Paterson is now 0-2, and Moravian is 1-0.
Game 1: Moravian 12, Whitworth 4 (5 Innings)
All nine hitters in Moravian's starting lineup scored as the Greyhounds took down the Bucs in both teams' first game of the Leadoff Classic.
Moravian bounced right back, however, with runs in each of the first two frames to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third inning.
The Greyhounds scored a trio of runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-2 lead. After Amanda Carisone held the Bucs scoreless in the top of the fourth inning, Moravian pulled away with five runs in the bottom of the frame to secure a mercy-rule win.
Edlin and Allie Rude drove in two runs in the fifth inning, but they were matched by two from the Greyhounds, leading to an early finish.
Carisone picked up a complete game win for Moravian. Ashley Trueblood was hit with the loss for Whitworth.
Game 2: Whitworth 3, William Paterson 2
The Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak in their second game of the day with a walk-off win in extra innings.
As with the first game, Whitworth took an early lead in game two. Lowery worked a walk to lead off the first inning, followed by an RBI double from Downey. Hayes followed Downey with a RBI single, giving the Bucs a 2-0 lead.
William Paterson struck back in the top of the second inning, scoring the Pioneers' only two runs of the game on an error and a double.
After the Pioneers tied the game, the two teams battled back-and-forth, but neither was able to break the deadlock until Whitworth's walk-off single in the eighth.
Madelyn Carlson provided the game-winning RBI for the Bucs, singling home Hayes, who was placed on second base to start the inning under international tiebreaker rules, to snap a three-game losing streak and earn a split on the day.
Carlson was also excellent in the circle, tossing eight strong innings and allowing just two runs. She struck out four batters on her way to her fourth victory of the season.
Up Next: Whitworth takes on Birmingham Southern at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, followed by a matchup with Wittenburg at 11:30 a.m.