by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates battled the rain and the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Saturday and emerged victorious on both counts, completing two games on a rainy day and winning both to sweep the Pios.
The Bucs are now 19-13 overall and 12-8 in the Northwest Conference, while the Pios fell to 8-18 overall and 7-15 in the NWC.
Game 1: Whitworth 6, Lewis & Clark 1
Five runs in the third inning and a one-run outing from Madelyn Carlson earned Whitworth a win in game one.
Carlson finished the day with a complete game in the circle, allowing only an unearned run on four hits. Michelle Silva went 2-3 and scored two runs to lead the Bucs at the plate.
The Pirate offense batted around in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five runs. Desi Graham put the first run on the board, crossing home when a pitch slid backwards out of Savannah Dickson's hand. After Silva walked, Gayer roped a single into left field, scoring Kinsey McNaught from third. Kelsey Downey followed with a two-RBI double to left-center field, and Morgan Portlock finished the rally with a triple to deep right field.
Whitworth added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kelsey Downey looped a single into center field, scoring Silva. The Bucs nearly ended the game in the same inning, but struck out and grounded out with the bases loaded to end the frame.
Lewis & Clark scored its lone run in the sixth inning when Silva couldn't corral a ground ball, allowing Frankie Warden to score. After the run, Carlson bounced back and retired the next four batters to give the Bucs a win.
Game 2: Whitworth 6, Lewis & Clark 4
The Pirates put up five runs in the first inning and then hung on to defeat the Pios in game two.
Allie Rude led Whitworth offensively, going 2-3 with an RBI. McNaught finished 2-3 as well and scored a pair of runs.
The Bucs opened the scoring when Silva walked with the bases loaded, scoring Kaylie Lowery. Gayer followed by smoking a two-run double to the wall in left-center field. Rude drove in Whitworth's fourth run of the inning with a single to third base, and Graham knocked in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.
After allowing the five-run first, Lewis & Clark whittled away at the Pirates' lead in the following three innings. Atiesha Norton hit a solo home run in the second inning, Emily Drevdahl knocked in two runs with a double in the third, and Ariel Trinidad singled home another run in the fourth. The small spurts cut Whitworth's advantage to just 5-4.
The Bucs added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Silva singled home McNaught, but it wasn't needed as Kaylee Rosenbaum slammed the door on the Pioneer offense in the final innings to give Whitworth the win.
Rosenbaum entered in relief of Ashley Trueblood and allowed just one run over four innings of work. She gave up four hits and two walks and struck out a pair of Pios.
Looking Ahead: The Pirates celebrate Senior Day on Sunday afternoon before they take on the Pios in another NWC doubleheader.