by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
TACOMA, Wash. – Whitworth softball scored a trio of timely runs to pick up a game one win, but its bats fell silent in the second game of a Northwest Conference doubleheader with Puget Sound, leading to a Saturday split.
The Pirates move to 8-8 overall and 1-3 in NWC play with the split. The Loggers are now 3-12-1 overall and 1-5 in the Northwest Conference.
Game 1: Whitworth 4, Puget Sound 1
The Bucs struck first in the second inning. Silva singled to right field and stole second, putting herself in scoring position for Logan Miller. The sophomore took advantage with a single to center, scoring Silva.
Erica Gott evened the score for the Loggers with a fourth inning single. Gott poked a hit through the left side of the infield, scoring Mackensie Pearlstein.
Whitworth responded in the next half inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, Sara Gayer drove in Kinsey McNaught with a single to center field. Silva followed with a two-RBI double to give the Bucs a 4-1 advantage.
The three-run lead was all Carlson needed to earn the win. The freshman tossed all seven innings, allowing a single run and striking out five Loggers. The stellar performance earned Carlson her seventh win of the season.
Game 2: Puget Sound 2, Whitworth 0
Carlson and Gott engaged in a pitchers duel in game two, silencing the bats of both teams for the game's first four and a half innings before the Loggers scored a pair of runs to earn a split.
The runs, which were the only ones allowed by either pitcher on the day, came in the bottom of the fifth inning. With runners on first and second Amber Popovich doubled, scoring both Kaitlyn Webster and Lia Nakamoto to give the Loggers a 2-0 advantage.
Whitworth attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, but Brynn Radke struck out looking with runners on first and third.
Despite giving up just the pair of runs, Carlson was hit with the loss for Whitworth, dropping her record to 7-3. Gott earned the win for UPS, which moved her record to 1-2.
Looking Ahead: The Bucs and Loggers square off twice more tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.