PARKLAND, Wash. – Drea Schwaier-Wolf threw a complete-game two-hitter to help visiting Whitworth University bounce back from its first league loss of the season in a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader at Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday.
PLU (14-13 overall, 5-9 NWC) won the opener 3-1 to hand the Pirates (18-5, 12-1) their first NWC setback. But behind Schwaier-Wolf's dominant pitching, Whitworth took the nightcap 7-2. The teams will complete the series with another doubleheader on Sunday.
Game 1 – PLU 3, Whitworth 1
Kennedy Robillard (8-3) threw a five-hit complete game and the Lutes took advantage of two unearned runs in the first inning to win the opener.
Whitworth scored in the top of the first when Kaylie Lowery singled, stole second with one out, moved to third on a fly ball out and scored on a wild pitch.
But PLU took the lead in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on first and second, Robillard reached on an infield error, which allowed the runner to score from second base. Anna Overland followed with a single that drove in the second run.
Robillard set the Pirates down in order in the second through fourth innings. Whitworth had a chance to tie the game in the fifth after loading the bases, but Robillard got a strikeout to end the threat.
The Lutes added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on Kathryn Hatlen's two-out RBI single.
Madelyn Carlson threw all six innings for Whitworth, but fell to 7-4 after allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits. She struck out eight batters and walked a pair.
Robillard struck out four and walked none in her complete-game effort.
Game 2 – Whitworth 7, PLU 2
Schwaier-Wolf improved to 11-1 while Michelle Silva doubled and homered to lead the Pirates' offense.
Whitworth's offense finally woke up in the seventh inning, scoring five runs to open a 7-0 lead. Rheanne Lewis doubled in the first run and Sara Gayer doubled in another run for a 5-0 advantage. Silva capped the rally with a two-run homer.
Schwaier-Wolf limited the Lutes to only an infield single through six innings. But a walk allowed Hatlen to bat with a runner on base and she drove a pitch over the right field wall to get PLU on the board. But that's all the offense the Lutes would muster. Schwaier-Wolf struck out four and walked only one to become the first 11-game winner in the NWC.
Z Ellis started in the circle for PLU and fell to 5-8 after allowing seven runs on 14 hits in six innings.
Silva finished 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.